Jeremy Poynting founded Peepal Tree Press in 1985. Since then, thanks to Arts Council England support, it has grown into the largest, worldwide publisher of Caribbean and Black British writing, with a backlist of around 380 titles. In 2015, Jeremy was awarded an honorary D. Litt. by the University of the West Indies (Mona) for services to Caribbean letters, and in 2016 he was presented with the Henry Swanzy Award by the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad. He has published numerous articles on Caribbean writing; he remains Peepal Tree’s managing editor.
Jeremy Poynting was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.