Peepal Tree Press

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Peepal Tree Press, based in England, publishes Caribbean, Black British and South Asian fiction, poetry and academic books.

Peepal Tree is a wholly independent company, founded in 1985, and now publishes around 30-40 books a year. Peepal Tree Press has published over 250 titles, and states a commitment to keeping them in print on their website.[1] The list features new writers and established voices. In 2009 the press launched the Caribbean Modern Classics Series, which restores to print important books from the 1950s and 1960s.[2] Peepal Tree Press is part-funded by Arts Council England and was included in their 2011 National Portfolio.

Peepal Tree Press is recognised also for Inscribe and Young Inscribe, a writer development project which supports emerging writers of African and Asian descent in the Yorkshire region, which has included writers such as Khadijah Ibrahiim, Seni Seneviratne and Rommi Smith, who has been Writer-in-Residence for the Houses of Parliament, the BBC during the Commonwealth Games, BBC Music Live, the British Council at California State University in Los Angeles, and Keats House.

Peepal Tree Press is a partner in the SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction written by Black and Asian women resident in the UK.[3][4]

The focus of Peepal Tree Press is "on what George Lamming calls the Caribbean nation, wherever it is in the world",[5] though it is also concerned with Black British writing.

The press is based in Leeds in Yorkshire, part of the growing, independent publishing sector outside London. The head office is based at 17 King’s Avenue, in Burley, "a rundown, multicultural part of Leeds".[6]

Peepal Tree Press has published, in various forms, such writers as Anthony Kellman, Emmy Award-winner Kwame Dawes, his father Neville Dawes, Aldeburgh Poetry Prize-winner and Forward Poetry Prize-nominee Christian Campbell, Christine Craig, Opal Palmer Adisa, Angela Barry, Ishion Hutchinson, Dorothea Smartt, Alecia McKenzie, Courttia Newland, Jackie Kay, Jan Shinebourne and Kamau Brathwaite.

In November 2017, Peepal Tree Press was awarded the Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers, with plans announced to use the £10,000 prize money for a fortnightly podcast project.[7]


  1. ^ About Peepal Tree Press.
  2. ^ "Writing worth keeping alive", Jeremy Poynting interviewed by Nicholas Laughlin, Caribbean Review of Books, May 2010.
  3. ^ Our Partners: Peepal Tree Press, SI Leeds Literary Prize.
  4. ^ "SI Leeds Literary Prize", Soroptimist International Great Britain & Ireland.
  5. ^ "Branching Out: Peepal Tree Press", Spike Magazine, 7 April 2011.
  6. ^ "About us", Peepal Tree Press.
  7. ^ Katherine Cowdrey, "Peepal Tree scoops £10k Clarissa Luard Award", The Bookseller, 9 November 2017.

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