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  1. "Women in Kurdistan are Not Passive Victims": An Interview with Choman Hardi

    General

    15.04.2014

    Choman Hardi

    The Niniti International Literature Festival launches on the 22nd of April in Erbil, Iraq, a continuation of the Erbil Literature Festival, now in its third year. 'Niniti' is a Sumerian epithet meaning 'lady of life', chosen to reflect the festival's focus on women's writing.

    Choman Hardi is a Kurdish poet and academic. Her poems have been published and celebrated widely, and she has a PhD on the effects of forced migration on Kurdish women from Iraq and Iran. Born in Iraqi Kurdistan, and forced to flee the region twice, she is also the founder of Serdemi Jim, a journal of women's writing and culture based in Erbil.

    Here she talks to us about women in Kurdistan, the effects of voyage and return on the immigrant's identity, and the intersection between poetry and politics.

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  2. Korean Writers Light up the UK at the London Book Fair Korea Market Focus

    General

    11.04.2014

    The third day of the London Book Fair draws to a close with Earl's Court, the Southbank Centre, Asia House and Edinburgh Central Library all hosting events featuring the cream of the crop of contemporary Korean writers.

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  3. Korea Takes Centre Stage at the London Book Fair: Day Two

    General

    10.04.2014

    Korean literature is taking the London Book Fair by storm for the second day running. Here we look back at the dynamic response to our cultural programme on social media, and look forward at today's events.

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  4. Commonwealth Voices: Scottish Writer Martin MacIntyre

    General, Project News

    07.04.2014

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    Martin MacIntyre on the rich seam of oral culture in the Gaelic language

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  5. Commonwealth Voices: Antiguan Writer Joanne C Hillhouse

    General, Project News

    07.04.2014

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    Talking Change, Adventure and Challenges with Joanne C Hillhouse

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  6. The Untold Story: By Our Own Tongues

    General, What we're doing

    03.04.2014

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    Date: April 2014
    Time: 4-5.30pm
    Venue: Mitchell Library, Glasgow

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  7. From Cardboard Palm Leaves to Rags of Mist: David Szalay on Colombia

    General

    11.03.2014

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    The ninth Hay Festival Cartagena brought together the best of local and international literature. The British Council supported Irvine Welsh and Granta Best of Young British Novelists David Szalay, Nadifa Mohamed, Sunjeev Sahota and Evie Wyld to attend, as well as putting on an exciting and vibrant programme of events surrounding the festival.

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  8. Blog: Coming down to Earth

    York Picturehouse Cinema

    UK writers, authors and poets travel for months around the world. But what happens to all that knowledge and experience when they come back to the UK? Ted Hodgkinson, Communications Manager for the literature team, talks about our new 'Writers Return' series.

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  9. Sophie Rochester Streams into Port Harcourt

    General, Partner Spotlight

    12.11.2013

    Sophie Rochester joins the Port Harcourt Book Festival via Skype Photo Credit: Touch Port Harcourt

    Last month, as part of the annual Port Harcourt Book Festival in Nigeria, The Literary Platform was invited by the British Council to give a seminar on digital publishing. Sophie Rochester blogs about the experience.

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  10. Takeover Cardiff

    Takeover Cardiff

    There's a revolution in the offing: British Council is working with partner organisations across South Wales to bring Takeover Cardiff to life this weekend.

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