Peepal Tree

Peepal Tree is a wholly independent company, founded in 1985, and now publishing around 20 books a year. Our focus is on what George Lamming calls the Caribbean nation, wherever it is in the world, though we are also concerned with Black British writing of different heritages. We publish fiction, poetry and a range of academic and non-fiction titles. Our goal is to publish books that make a difference.

We have published over 330 titles, and are committed to keeping most of them in print. The list features new writers and established voices. In 2009 we launched the Caribbean Modern Classics Series, which restores to print essential books from the past with new introductions.

We are based in Leeds in Yorkshire, part of an important independent publishing sector outside London. We are an Arts Council of England Portfolio organisation, and funding from the Arts Council enables us to support Inscribe, a writer development programme.

Our Founding and Managing Editor is Jeremy Poynting; Hannah Bannister is our operations manager; Kwame Dawes is our Associate Poetry Editor, and Jacob Ross plays the same role for fiction.


The Mermaid of Black Conch

April 1976: St Constance, a tiny Caribbean village on the island of Black Conch, at the start of the rainy season. A fisherman sings to himself in his pirogue, waiting for a catch – but attracts a sea-dweller he doesn’t expect. Aycayia, a beautiful young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid, has been swimming the Caribbean Sea for centuries. And she is entranced by this man David and his song.

The Frequency of Magic

Raphael earns his living as a butcher in a hillside village in rural Trinidad. He is also a would-be author, but there have been so many distractions to the novel he has been writing for forty-one years that many of the characters have lost patience and gone off to do their own thing. But somehow, miraculously, the novel, as Raphael has planned it in one hundred chapters of a thousand words, seems to write itself...

The Peepal Tree Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories

Since its beginnings in 1985, Peepal Tree has published around 45 collections of Caribbean short stories, reinforcing the view that the short story is the Caribbean literary form par excellence. This anthology draws from those collections, focusing on work written over the past twenty years, the majority dealing with the recent post-independence period up to the present. Though quality is the ultimate criteria, this anthology is unrivalled in its range across the Anglophone Caribbean and its diasporas, and of Caribbean ethnicities, gender and sexual orientations.


Combining factual biography with the imaginative structure and investment in the language of the novel, Anthony Joseph fully engages with the world he recreates, and by presenting a multifaceted view from Kitch’s friends, rivals and even enemies, he gets to the heart of the man behind the music and the myth, reaching behind the sobriquet to present a holistic portrait of the calypso icon Lord Kitchener.


A Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Ricantations will reinforce the perception of Collins Klobah as superb poetic story-teller with a compassionate and radical womanist vision, alert to the multi-layered reality of Puerto Rican life, where shiny modernity gives way to spirit presences.

The Ice Migration

The stories in this ambitious collection move around in time and place, linked by the experiences of the descendants of a Jamaican family of mixed Indian and African heritage.

Ascent to Omai

Wilson Harris’s ninth novel, first published in 1970, is a work of the most revolutionary and far-reaching kind of science or speculative fiction.

Tell No-One About This

This substantial collection brings together stories written over a span of forty years. Tell No One About This will confirm Ross as amongst the very best short story writers in the Caribbean and the UK.

Curfew Chronicles

The strength of these stories is particularly apparent in Rahim’s utterly convincing characterization. Each person has a resonant backstory and is caught at a moment of decision or revelation. The Minister and his wife, those targeted by the state, the KFC worker, those who speak out, and those who silence them: no one is unaffected by the state of emergency and the associated curfew. As the characters criss-cross a vividly and accurately mapped Trinidad, Rahim builds an unforgettable world of very real people caught up in an extraordinary situation.

Come Let Us Sing Anyway

In Leone Ross’s luminous collection of short stories – ranging from richly extended stories to intense pieces of flash fiction, set between Jamaica and Britain –  anything can happen.

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread

Bob Marley is dead. The Emperor Haile Selassie has been brutally murdered. The armed gangs of Kingston are at war and the murder rate soars. The people have lost all trust in self-serving politicians. It is hard to imagine worse times

The Bone Readers

Secrets can be buried, but bones can speak...

The Repenters

Gritty, poetic and gothic, The Repenters is a journey into the true underbelly of urban Trinidad.

If I Had the Wings

These lyrical short stories reveal the constraints and dangers of growing up gay in a small island community that feels its traditional culture and religious pieties are under threat.

The Whale House

Trinidad in all its social tumult is ever present in these stories, but so too are the lives of those with private griefs: a woman mourning the still-birth of her baby; a young mother with cancer facing her mortality.

A Little Dust on the Eyes

The bustle of an English seaside resort gives way to the unreal calm of a coastal community in southern Sri Lanka as Savi and Renu, two cousins separated by civil war, are reunited just weeks before the tsunami strikes...

Contact Info

Peepal Tree Press
17 King's Avenue,
+44 (0)113 2451703