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  1. Writers head East to talk about World War One

    General, Project News

    30.10.2014

    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.

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  2. How Does Fiction Communicate the Human Experience of War?

    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.

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  3. A little Glasgow in Grenada: Jane Harris reflects on her Trading Tales Residency

    General, Blogs

    27.10.2014

    Jane Harris reading at Alice Yard c Georgia Popplewell

    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.

    In this blog piece, Jane Harris reflects on her time in Grenada last month and her discoveries during the residency.

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  4. How Does Poetry Communicate the Human Experience of War?

    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.

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  5. The Letter Books: Diana McCaulay reflects on her residency at the Mitchell Library

    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.


    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.

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  6. Trading Tales: Lisa Allen-Agostini reflects on her time at Mitchell Library

    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.

    In this blog piece, Lisa Allen-Agostini reflects on her time in Glasgow and her discoveries during the residency.

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  7. Storytelling in Jordan at the Hakaya Festival

    Sally Pomme Clayton performance

    ''Storytelling has been termed ‘the poor man’s cinema’. It doesn’t need sets or lighting. It just needs a very good storyteller with a gripping tale and an audience who want to listen. Through voice and gesture, rhythm and silence, the story comes alive in the listeners’ imagination. Feelings, images, memories are communicated and triggered.''

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  8. Latest News from Connect ZA: Francesca Beard arrives in Cape Town

    And spoken word artist Francesca Beard has arrived in Cape Town for the 2014 Open Book Festival!

    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.

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  9. Tongue Fu in South Africa with Connect ZA

    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.


    In this blog, Chris Redmond shared his reflections on the trip and the spoken word scene in South Africa.

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  10. ''It’s time we gave young creatives the spotlight'' The Roundhouse launch Call to Create

    'Call to Create' is a global collective of cultural organisations that believes it’s time to shout louder about the great art young people make.


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