Trains to Krasnoyarsk c Thomas Claveirole
Helen Dunmore, Nigel Farndale and Imtiaz Dharker all head out to Eastern Siberia tomorrow for the Krasnoyarsk Book Fair.Read more
The Borodino Battlefield c Yuri Virovets
Today we publish the second of our five thought-pieces, bringing you reflections from writer and poet Helen Dunmore on the ways fiction writers have written about war - from Tolstoy to the present day - and how they have attempted to communicate the human experience of conflict through prose.Read more
Achilles' Last Stand, photograph by Seth Anderson
Today we publish the first of our five thought-pieces, beginning with poet and playwright Owen Sheers on the role poets have played in war – from ancient times to the present – and how they have attempted to communicate the human experience of conflict through verse.Read more
Map of Port Patrick - Photo courtesy of Lisa Allen - Agostini
Trading Tales is an ambitious residency programme and just one of four literature projects the British Council undertook around the Commonwealth Games. It is in partnership with the Mitchell Library and the generous time and support from various partners in the Caribbean including Nicholas Laughlin and Alice Yard.Read more
In this blog piece, Lisa Allen-Agostini reflects on her time in Glasgow and her discoveries during the residency.
Diana's great grandfather John McCaulay - c Diana McCaulay
Trading Tales is an ambitious residency programme and just one of four literature projects the British Council is doing for the Commonwealth Games. It is in partnership with the Mitchell Library and the generous time and support from various partners in the Caribbean including Nicholas Laughlin and Alice Yard.Read more
Between the 11 – 31 August, writer Diana McCaulay, from Jamaica, took up a residency at the Mitchell Library. The residency allowed for writers of historical fiction, from both the Caribbean and Scotland, to explore and respond to the archival material and to explore the connections necessary to their next writing project.
Diana has written loosely about the connection between Scotland and the Caribbean, and is now writing a collection of short stories that further explore her own family connection with the two places. In this blog piece, Diana McCaulay reflects on her time in Glasgow, reimagining history and the contemporary connections she drew between the two places during her residency.
And spoken word artist Francesca Beard has arrived in Cape Town for the 2014 Open Book Festival!Read more
As we look ahead at the exciting programme of literature events taking place in South Africa over the coming weeks as part of the British Council Connect ZA programme, we want to put the spotlight on just a few of our most recent projects which have supported creative collaborations between artists and audiences in the UK and South Africa.
Tongue Fu is one of the UK’s best spoken word events. In February 2014, Tongue Fu poet and programmer Chris Redmond and musician Arthur Lea travelled to Johannesburg and Cape Town in February as part of our British Council Connect ZA programme.Read more
In this blog, Chris Redmond shared his reflections on the trip and the spoken word scene in South Africa.
The British Council is delighted to be collaborating with the Poetry Book Society on an international showcase of contemporary British poetry featuring the Next Generation Poets 2014.Read more
Over the past year, the Korea Market Focus Cultural Programme, curated by the British Council in partnership with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, has brought the very best of Korean contemporary writing and publishing to audiences in the UK. We are delighted to have been able to work with thirteen writers from Korea, more than 35 panellists, including UK writers, translators and editors, at more than 35 events across four UK cities.Read more
If you missed the events of the Korea Market Focus, watch our video below to hear from some of the Korean writers first hand.
Two of Northern Ireland's most celebrated poets, Colette Bryce and Leontia Flynn, join Qatari poet Maryam Al Subaiey to read poems about journeys and discuss how travel inspires new writing as part of Culture Night festivities on 19 September in Derry-Londonderry.Read more