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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Next Generation Poets 2014

    The British Council is delighted to be collaborating with the Poetry Book Society on an international showcase of contemporary British poetry featuring the Next Generation Poets 2014.

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  6. After the Korean Literature Focus...

    Over the past year, the Korea Market Focus Cultural Programme, curated by the British Council in partnership with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, has brought the very best of Korean contemporary writing and publishing to audiences in the UK. We are delighted to have been able to work with thirteen writers from Korea, more than 35 panellists, including UK writers, translators and editors, at more than 35 events across four UK cities.


    If you missed the events of the Korea Market Focus, watch our video below to hear from some of the Korean writers first hand.



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  7. Writers Return, Derry-Londonderry

    Two of Northern Ireland's most celebrated poets, Colette Bryce and Leontia Flynn, join Qatari poet Maryam Al Subaiey to read poems about journeys and discuss how travel inspires new writing as part of Culture Night festivities on 19 September in Derry-Londonderry.

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  8. Friday 22nd August: Edinburgh excitement and the Korean wave

    Kim Young-ha

    One of Korea’s finest novelists Kim Young-ha returns to the UK for an event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with David Bezmozgis.

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  9. Q&A with Ji-young Gong

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    19.08.2014

    Ji-young Gong

    On fantasy, reality and place as a sea of language...

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  10. Publishing Success Following British Council Summer School

    This year, as the Creative Writing Summer School unfolded in Athens for the second time, students were invited to an event with a slightly different twist: previous pupil Vangelis Provias hosted his very first book launch for his debut novel begun in classes from the 2013 school

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