News: What we're doing

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  1. The Untold Story: By Our Own Tongues

    Date: April 2014
    Time: 4-5.30pm
    Venue: Mitchell Library, Glasgow

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Blog: Coming down to Earth

    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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  6. Poetry on the Rooftops

    Favelas of Rio de Janerio by dany13

    A dispatch from Henderson Mullin after week one of FLUPP, a festival that takes place in the favelas of Rio de Janerio.

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  7. Writers Return

    Inua Ellams by Kim Leng Hills

    This November, we launch Writers Return - a series of live literature events tracing the journeys of contemporary British writers who have recently travelled to cities across the world - from Cape Town to Kolkata. We are proud to announce that the first event will be launched in York on 27 November. The hosts for this event are York Picturehouse Basement Bar.

    Where: Basement Bar, City Screen Picturehouse, York
    When: 27 November 2013 at 7.30pm
    How to book: Website: http://bit.ly/WritersBook, or by calling the Box Office on 0871 902 5726.

    Follow the debate on Twitter:
    #WritersReturn

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  8. Translation Summit in Doha: Call for Applications

    BCLT Summer School, Norwich

    The British Council, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing and the British Centre for Literary Translation are pleased to announce a Literary Translation Summit from 8-12 December 2013, to be held in Doha, Qatar, alongside the Doha Book Fair.

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  9. International Radio Playwriting Competition

    BBC World Service & British Council launches the 2013 International Radio Playwriting Competition with new co-producers The Open University and the additional Georgi Markov prize.

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  10. K-Lit: Taking Its Place on the Korean Wave

    K-Lit poster

    The London Book Fair Korea Market Focus Cultural Programme kicks off with an evening forum on Tuesday October 15 organised by the Korean Cultural Centre and the British Council.

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