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Peepal Tree Press

Peepal Tree Press is the home of the best in Caribbean and Black British fiction, poetry, literary criticism, memoirs and historical studies. Based in Leeds, Peepal Tree is a wholly independent company, founded in 1985, and now publishing around 30-40 books a year. The list features both new writers and established voices. In 2009 Peepal Tree launched the Caribbean Modern Classics Series, which restores to print essential classic books from the 1950s and 60s. Peepal Tree's focus is on what George Lamming calls the Caribbean nation, wherever it is in the world, though they are also concerned with Black British writing.

Peepal Tree began on a sugar estate in the East Coast Demerara in Guyana in 1984 when founder Jeremy Poynting vowed to print the works of writers in Guyana back in England, as government restrictions were holding them back from doing so. Its name takes its inspiration from the peepal trees, found in the Caribbean and is used as a metaphor for something that is transplanted and putting down roots in a new environment. 

Supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation since 2011 has enabled them to sustain Inscribe, a writer development project that supports writers of African & Asian descent in England.

To discover more of Peepal Tree Press' history, follow the link to their website below. 


Peepal Tree Press
17 King's Avenue
  Tel: +44 (0)113 245 1703

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