On crime fiction, Kafka and competing for a reader's time and attention...Read more
Hwang Sok-yong, photograph by Paik Dahuim
On experience, imagination and living with history...Read more
Rachel McCrum at InZync Poetry Session, Stellenbosch
February sees the British Council and the Scottish Poetry Library launch an exciting new project for the Commonwealth Games: Commonwealth Poets United. First up, Rachel McCrum travels to Jo'burg and Cape Town to meet South African poet Toni Stuart.Read more
Held in the head quarters of Bertelsmann, the German media corporation that includes Penguin/Random House, the Berlin Literature Seminar brought German academics, teachers, Shakespeare enthusiasts and European professionals together to discuss Shakespeare's poetry and plays.Read more
Enthusiasm, despair, and stories that exceed the limit of space and time...Read more
On writing and gender identity, literature as a window on the world, and poetry as a political response...Read more
This year, the annual Berlin Literature Seminar focuses on Shakespeare, on the occasion of his 450th birthday. It will offer a way to open and initiate an intensive reflection process: what is the legacy of Shakespeare today?Read more
The Seminar will feature novelists, poets and playwrights Howard Jacobson, A S Byatt, Naomi Alderman, Alice Oswald, Tom McCarthy, Polly Stenham and Mark Ravenhill, chaired by John Mullan.
You can get involved from Thursday 30th January evening to Saturday 1st February on British Council Germany's website and join the discussion on Twitter, or watch our live stream of the exciting discussions.
Q&A with Kyung-sook Shin: on writing to restore peace, the digital world, and winning the Man Asian Literary Prize...Read more
Bangladeshi dancers and musicians
Cortina Butler reports back from the Hay Dhaka festival, which went ahead despite political unrest, and featured novelists Ned Beauman, Nadeem Aslam and Ahdaf Soueif, graphic novelists Karrie Fransman and S.J. Harris and some unexpected Bengali puppetsRead more
Woman in busy Libyan street (copyright Inua Ellams)
On Wednesday 27 November Inua Ellams helped the British Council Literature Department kick off the first ‘Writers Return’, a series of live literature events tracing the journeys of contemporary British writers who have recently travelled to cities across the world. For those who couldn’t make it to York here are some of Inua’s impressions from a recent British Council trip to the Libyan International Book Fair in Tripoli, the first since the fall of the Gaddafi regime.Read more