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  1. Jackie Kay Remembers Maya Angelou

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    President Barack Obama presenting Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2011

    'Maya Angelou gave the impression that she’d managed not just to live one life, but to pull off several of them.'

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  2. Remembering Gabriel García Márquez

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    Gabriel García Márquez in 1984

    The Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez died on 17 April. Here novelist Nadifa Mohamed reflects on a recent visit with the British Council to Colombia’s Caribbean coast, which partly inspired Márquez's unforgettable prose. The British Council's David Codling also offers a perspective on Márquez's literary legacy.

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  3. Aspiring Writers! Jonathan Cape Makes Open Call for Submissions

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    Photo by Seth Sawyers

    Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Random House and the publisher of Julian Barnes, A.L. Kennedy, Adam Foulds and Evie Wyld, will be open to submissions from 'new writers of high calibre and imagination' for the month of June 2014.

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  4. Dhaka Days

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    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 puppets

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  5. Leaving Libya

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    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.

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  6. Blog: Coming down to Earth

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    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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  7. Takeover Cardiff

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    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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  8. Booker Shortlisted Author Returns to Bulawayo

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    NoViolet Bulawayo

    “Bulawayo sings, you know. My people are still there. It’s wonderful to be back.”

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  9. The 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing

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    Tope Folarin is the 2013 winner for the Caine Prize for African Writing. We spoke with four of the nominees on the eve of the announcement.

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  10. From Turkey with Poetry: Bejan Matur returns to the UK

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    Bejan Matur

    The British Council and Writers’ Centre Norwich are pleased to welcome Bejan Matur back to the UK for Worlds Literature Festival this June.

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