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  1. Trading Tales: A Call for Writers

    Mitchell Library

    British Council are pleased to announce a writers’ residency programme in both Scotland and the Caribbean this summer for writers of historical fiction.

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  2. Jackie Kay Remembers Maya Angelou

    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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  3. Q&A with Suah Bae

    Suah Bae

    Q&A: Translator Deborah Smith speaks to Korean writer in residence, Suah Bae

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  4. Open Call for Literary Translation Winter School in Paraty, Brazil

    General

    09.05.2014

    Emerging British and Brazilian literary translators are invited to apply for a fully funded winter translation school in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21-29 of July.

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  5. Erbil, Wounds and All

    Blogs

    08.05.2014

    Samarqand Al Jabiri

    The Niniti International Literature Festival ended on the 24th of April, bringing to a close a triumphant three days celebrating women's writing in Iraqi Kurdistan, with writers reading, discussing and collaborating in Kurdish, Arabic and English.

    The British Council programmed a selection of British writers to attend the festival, including Rachel Holmes, Choman Hardi, Ghareeb Iskander, Julia Copus and Kapka Kassabova. Here Kapka blogs for us about her impressions of the festival.

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  6. Commonwealth Poets United: The Exchanges so Far

    General, Project News

    02.05.2014

    Rachel McCrum performs in Cape Town c Retha Ferguson

    An international exchange between six Scottish poets and six poets from the commonwealth has begun, with poets from across Scotland connecting with poets from all corners of the commonwealth, in a programme designed to build friendships and find commonalities across national and cultural borders.

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  7. Remembering Gabriel García Márquez

    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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  8. The Best of Korea at The London Book Fair

    16.04.2014

    We take a look back at our recently concluded Korea Market Focus programme at The London Book Fair, through the dynamic response it received on social media.

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  9. "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.

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  10. 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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