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A Short and Eventful Journey on the Inscribe Writer's Programme

I can scarcely believe it was almost eight months ago, on a cold, dark December day when I made a trip I wasn't sure about. I was waist-deep in boxes, packing up my house to move. And the following day I was going travelling for two weeks. Feeling emotional and frazzled, it wasn't the best time for a Christmas party. But then being freelance, I don't often get invitations to these. So I thought, why not?

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Kamau Brathwaite honored with PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry

Kamau Brathwaite has been awarded the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. The prize is awarded to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature.

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LitHub's 10 women Caribbean authors

A number of Peepal Tree authors make the list of LitHub's '10 Female Caribbean Authors You Should Know'. Check the list out.

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Anthony Kellman wins the prestigious Casa de las Américas Literary Award

2018 is already proving to be another winning year for Leeds-based independent publisher Peepal Tree Press. The judges of the highly coveted Casa de las Américas in Havana. Cuba have awarded the 2018 Casa de la Américas Literary Award in the Category of Anglophone Caribbean Literature to Anthony Kellman for his novel Tracing JaJa. Honorable mentions were given to Sharon Milagro Marshall for Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba and Philip Nanton for Canouan Suite & Other Pieces.

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Inpress Festival of Publishing

Inpress works to support independent publishing companies throughout the UK. Each year they host the Inpress Festival of Publishing to celebrate their publishers’ success and to create the opportunity for their publishers to meet, network, and share ideas. In January 2018, the annual festival centred on the mantra “I Did It My Way”, and was held at Friends House, London.

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Leone Ross longlisted for the Jhalak Prize

In an exciting development, Leone Ross was today longlisted for the Jhalak Prize for Writers of Colour. You may remember that last year's winner (for the inaugural prize) was our very own Jacob Ross!

Speaking of the news, Leone says, 'I'm delighted to be among so many amazing writers of colour, delighted to be representing short stories, and hardworking UK indie press. Everyone should go out and buy this longlist. That would be revolutionary.'

The full 2018 longlist follows:

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Leone Ross at RosaCaleta, Berlin

Leone Ross will be appearing at RosaCaleta, Berlin in February and March.

As part of the dinner and entertainment event A Night with Leone Ross, Leone will be reading on 9 March. Local chef Troy will offer a carefully crafted menu around her book, Come Let Us Sing Anyway, alongside some firm RosaCaleta favourites.

Leone will also pre-empt her March appearance with a short reading via live-stream on 25 February for RosaCaleta's Super Soul Sunday, as part of Black History Month.

RosaCaleta offers an inspired Jamaican-European fusion menu.

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Loretta Collins, Vahni Capildeo, John Kinsella make Poetry Book Society list

The Summer 2018 Selection for the Poetry Book Society include:

Poetry Book Society Choice
Vahni Capildeo, Venus as a Bear (Carcanet)

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Publishing the Postcolonial: Politics and Economics of Postcolonial Print Cultures

Last week, Newcastle University hosted the Postcolonial Print Cultures Research Network’s (PPCR) second annual conference. The two-day event, titled ‘Publishing the Postcolonial: Politics and Economics of Postcolonial Print Cultures’, consisted of speakers from Yale, SOAS, New York University, Westminster University, Newcastle University, Amherst College, and CNRS. The presentations included a wide range of topics and encompassed diverse geographical locales.

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SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018: open for business!

Entries can now be made to the 2018 SI Leeds Literary Prize, a trail-blazing award for new writing by black and Asian women. The biennial award is now in its 4th edition and has helped support a new generation of writers, including previous alumni Amita Murray, Mahsuda Snaith, Minoli Salgado, Season Butler and Kit de Waal.

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