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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. Q&A with Suah Bae

    Suah Bae

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

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  3. 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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  4. Commonwealth Voices: Scottish Writer Martin MacIntyre

    General, Project News

    07.04.2014

    Martin MacIntyre on the rich seam of oral culture in the Gaelic language

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  5. Commonwealth Voices: Antiguan Writer Joanne C Hillhouse

    General, Project News

    07.04.2014

    Talking Change, Adventure and Challenges with Joanne C Hillhouse

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  6. And they're off! Rachel McCrum heads to South Africa

    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.

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  7. Reporting back from Berlin: Shakespeare - Our Contemporary?

    Project News

    05.02.2014

    Books

    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.

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  8. Shakespeare: Our Contemporary?

    Project News

    17.01.2014

    John Mullan

    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?

    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.

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  9. Dhaka Days

    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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  10. Leaving Libya

    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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