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2014 Review of Book to be Launched Thursday at the UC (Antigua)

The University of the West Indies, Open Campus Antigua and Barbuda, and The Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association



A Colloquium on








AUGUST 21-22, 2014






THURSDAY, AUGUST 21ST (7:00 – 9:00 PM)


Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Address


Opening Blessing: Rev. Reid Simon


Opening Speakers: Ian Benn (UWI), Paget Henry (ABSA)


Keynote Speaker and Performer: Dr. George Roberts: “Changing the Music of Our Churches”


Formal Introduction of Dr. Hazra Medica


Short Address: Dr. Hazra Medica


Launch of The Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books 


Friday afternoon will consist of panels on the church and society.


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Opportunity! Apply!

Announcing the inaugural Barbados
An African Diaspora Project
May 18-24, 2014
hosted by
The Department of Language, Linguistics & Literature
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
Free and Open to the Public

Gregory Pardlo, poetry / Maaza Mengiste, fiction

HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at <http://www.callaloo.expressacademic.org> no later than February 14, 2014. Each applicant must submit a brief cover letter and writing sample (no more than five pages of poetry or twelve pages of prose fiction). The application should be submitted under the category BARBADOS CALLALOO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP. For additional information and explanations, please email [Callaloo@tamu.edu] or telephone [979-458-3108] the Callaloo office.
Charles Henry Rowell, Director & Editor of Callaloo
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Callaloo website [http://callaloo.tamu.edu]
Callaloo Facebook [(http://facebook.com/Callaloo]
Twitter [@CallalooJournal]
Free and Open to the Public

Stephanie Wasson,
CALLALOO Journal of African Diaspora editor



I earned a spot at Callaloo in 2012. In this link and this link, I share that experience. – Joanne C. Hillhouse


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UK-Caribbean Poetry Conference

Just learned about this, the Caribbean Poetry Project, and its Power of Caribbean Poetry – Word and Sound project at Cambridge in September. Poets, take note. Featured speakers include Mervyn Morris, Grace Nichols, Kei Miller, John Agard, Olive Senior, and others. There’s  a current call for papers, deadline the end of this month; so check it out. CPP Conference brochure14Feb

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Peepal Tree’s Call for Papers

*I’ve actually put out a feeler with them about how writers can go about getting booked for readings at the event; will update, if they respond. Meanwhile, there’s this*


Narrating the Caribbean Nation:  A Celebration of Literature and Orature
Convened by Peepal Tree Press at Leeds Metropolitan University

14th – 15th April 2012


Peepal Tree Press is pleased to announce that a two-day conference, Narrating the Caribbean Nation: 
A Celebration of Literature and Orature
, will be held on 14-15th April 2012 at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. The conference will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of Peepal Tree Press and highlight the contribution of its own authors and other Caribbean and Black British writers to contemporary world literature.


We are also delighted that Kwame Dawes has confirmed his participation as a keynote speaker.  Widely recognised as one of the Caribbean’s leading writers, Kwame is also Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, and Associate Poetry Editor at Peepal Tree Press.


The conference aims to bring together writers, academics, students, teachers and people with an interest in Caribbean literature to discuss the rich body of both Caribbean and Black British writing and to explore the relationship between the two. Our investigation into the ‘narration of nation’ centres around a definition of the Caribbean nation as one rooted in a rich, unique and plural community which transcends physical borders and extends across the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora. 

We will examine culture, politics, identities, childhood, performance and many other topics in the context of the Caribbean and its diasporas and discuss how the past 25 years of Caribbean writing connects to, and builds on, classic texts of Caribbean literature. Moreover, the conference will offer opportunities to hear the ideas of new and established writers and to watch them perform. 

The conference will juxtapose academic papers with less formal presentations from activists and practitioners in the field in order to raise the profile of writers of Caribbean heritage. Over the course of the conference, Leeds-based Peepal Tree Press, which has been the home of the best in Caribbean, Black British and South Asian literature for 25 years, will showcase new and classic works in print and in performance by its authors from around the world.
Possible paper topics may include but are not limited to: 
·         Caribbean identities
·         Diasporic Caribbean identities
·         Resistance, politics, racism
·         Publishing writing from the Caribbean and its diaspora
·         Gender and sexuality
·         Indo-Caribbean literature
·         Classic Caribbean texts
·         Discovering new Caribbean writers
·         Oral narratives and storytelling
·         Auto/biography, memoir, life writing
·         Caribbean texts in translation
·         Caribbean women writers
·         Caribbean poetry
·         Teaching Caribbean writing
·         Caribbean short story 
·         Intersections between Caribbean literature, orature, and visual arts
·         Writing for children
·         Sport and pastimes in the Caribbean and its diaspora



Please send abstracts of 200 words and brief biodata (via Word attachment) to Claire Chambers, Emily Marshall, and Emma Smith on narratingnation@gmail.com  with ‘Abstract’ in the subject line by 23 December 2011.

We also welcome poster presentations (for examples http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/presentations_poster.html)

Further details about the conference are available on


Or contact Kadija George: narratingnation@gmail.com


Selected papers will be published in a journal special issue and/or an edited collection.



Kadija George, Inscribe/ Peepal Tree Press          Kevin Hylton, Leeds Metropolitan University
Dorothea Smartt, Inscribe/Peepal Tree Press     Claire Chambers, Leeds Metropolitan University
Emma Smith, Peepal Tree Press                                                Emily Marshall, Leeds Metropolitan University








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