Blog

These blog posts offer an insight into some of the projects that we’ve supported and how the British Council works with literature, including interviews with writers, diaries from international visits, and reflections on completed or on-going projects. The opinions expressed in the blog are those of the authors.

Unwritten Poems – whose voice am I hearing?

| by Eleanor Turney

Vladimir Lucien, one of the poets involved in the Unwritten Poems project, talks about finding a human story to tell, his fascination with the weather and the nature of Caribbean participation in European wars

Unwritten Poems – telling new stories

| by Eleanor Turney

Kat Francois, one of the poets involved in the Unwritten Poems project, talks multi-cultural history, looking to the past to help the future, and telling black stories.

Unwritten Poems – "there are more stories to tell"

| by Eleanor Turney

Jay John talks to Eleanor Turney about the erasure of West Indian contributions to World War One, the importance of telling untold stories and how the global narrative had shifted since 1918

What We're Reading – September 2018

| by Eleanor Turney

September is upon us, with its attendant feeling of a new school term. The Literature team share what they've been reading this month.

Unwritten Poems – a sense of urgency

| by Eleanor Turney

Ishion Hutchinson, one of the poets involved in the Unwritten Poems project, talks about the joy of archives, memorialising forgotten voices and the current political climate

Q&A with Layla AlAmmar

| by Tanya Andrews

Layla AlAmmar, British Council International Writer in Residence at Small Wonder Short Story Festival 2018, talks about the short story form, Kuwait's nascent literature scene and her own writing

Unwritten Poems – filling in the gaps

| by Eleanor Turney

Tanya Shirley, one of the poets involved in the Unwritten Poems project, talks about filling in narrative gaps, the legacy of colonialism and slavery, and the joy of exploring new formats