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Photo: Lee Warner In June, British-Jamaican writer Leone Ross released her first book in 17 years: Come Let Us Sing Anyway (Peepal Tree Press, 2017). A collection of short fiction, it follows her novels Orange is Laughter (first published in 1999), and All the Blood is Red (first published in 1996, and shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 1997). Born in Coventry, UK, she moved to Jamaica as a child and at age 21 returned to the UK after completing UWI. She was one of 50 notable black-British and Asian-British writers in the historic photograph “A Great Day in London”. She teaches creative writing at the University of Roehampton in London. The stories here include literary fiction, psychological drama, horror, erotica and magic realism The Caribbean Insight Magazine: Congratulations on the new collection! Is there a theme or do the stories come from different genres? Do they treat with the Caribbean? Leone Ross: I think what unites the collection is that I am fascinated by complex human emotional spaces: the gentleness of lust, the healing power of rage, the necessity of defiance, the lessons we get from pain. Come Let Us Sing Anyway is a multi-genre/ form collection of short stories

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