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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
Martin MacIntyre on the rich seam of oral culture in the Gaelic languageRead more
Talking Change, Adventure and Challenges with Joanne C HillhouseRead more
Date: April 2014Read more
Venue: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more