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.

Lahore Literary Festival in London

| by Daisy Leitch

The Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) - a major cultural festival happening each year in Pakistan - will travel to London for the first time on October 29, 2016 at the British Museum.

British Literature Today at Yasnaya Polyana

| by Daisy Leitch

British Literature Today: the inaugural British Council Literature Seminar took place 15 – 18 September at Yasnaya Polyana, near Tula in Russia.

UK/Ukraine Writers Exchange Programme

| by Jonathan Davidson

Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands, shares an exciting new exchange programme for emerging British and Ukrainian writers.

First Monday Blog: Translating More, Translating Better

| by John Burnside

Poet and writer John Burnside makes the case for literature in translation and recommends contemporary literature in French and German that UK publishers have, so far, neglected.

Word of the Day - Translating Shakespeare into Malay

| by the Malay group

Malay translators participating in A Great Feast of Languages in Singapore, (our chain of translation conferences focusing on Shakespeare), blog about their Word of the Day after translating Hamlet's most famous soliloquy.

Word of the day - translating Shakespeare into Chinese

| by the Chinese group

Chinese translators participating in A Great Feast of Languages - Singapore, our chain translation conferences focusing on Shakespeare, blog about their Word of the Day after translating Hamlet's most famous soliloquy.

The Tretyakov Project

Claire Tomalin and Martin Rowson's talks given at The Tretyakov State Gallery as part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016.

Future of the Word

| by James Bridle and Naomi Alderman

What does the future hold for reading culture and publishing? Watch Naomi Alderman and James Bridle's talks from the Future of the Word Forum at the Strelka Institute in Moscow.

Kagiso Lesego Molope: Small Wonder Festival Writer-in-Residence

Our second British Council International Writer-in-Residence at Small Wonder festival at Charleston is Kagiso Lesego Molope. Kagiso, who lives in Canada but comes from South Africa, is an award-winning writer of young adult fiction.