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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. ''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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  4. 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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  5. Coffee, Sugar, Tea and Poetry

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    26.08.2014

    The Commonwealth Games provided Scotland with the perfect backdrop for exploring the cultural legacy of the Commonwealth and its colonial past.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Flash Fiction Competition: Now Open to Submissions

    Bookworm bookshop in Beijing

    In partnership with the Flash Europa 28 and the European Union, the British Council seeks submissions from young UK authors as part of an EU-wide competition, judged by A.L. Kennedy, to showcase emerging European authors to Chinese audiences.

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  9. Trading Tales: Writers Get Ready and Set to Go!

    Lisa Allen-Agostini c Joshua Yetman

    Before the Games has even begun, find out more about our Commonwealth writers getting set for Glasgow and Trinidad next month.

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  10. 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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