What is the International Literature Showcase?
The International Literature Showcase is a partnership between the National Centre for Writing and British Council. It aims to showcase amazing writers based in the UK to programmers, publishers and teachers of literature in English around the world. To do so, we have invited leading writers to each curate a showcase of writing coming out of the UK.
In the first showcase, Elif Shafak revealed her selection of ten women writers. The second showcase saw Val McDermid celebrate ten LGBT+ writers. National Poet of Scotland, Scots Makar Jackie Kay announced her list of ten of the most interesting writers of colour working in the UK and, for the fourth list, Welsh poet, playwright, novelist, and academic Owen Sheers chose his list of ten writers asking the questions that will shape our future.
For the newest edition, poet, writer and academic Kei Miller will reveal his selection of ten unmissable emerging UK writers on 19 June 2021.
Join these free events exploring the impact of the past year and looking to the future of the Literature scene.
Recovery & Reimagining the Literature Sector
Tuesday 22 June, 5 – 6 pm BST.
Keynote by Joy Francis, Founder and Executive Director of Words of Colour Productions.
Innovative & Enterprise in the Literature Sector
National Centre for Writing, Wednesday 23 June, 5 – 6 pm BST.
With Molly Flatt, The Bookseller and FutureBook, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Writer and Director of the African Writers Trust, and Claire Mabey, Co-founder of Verb Wellington. Chaired by Chris Gribble, CEO.
Kei Miller presents…Exceptional times call for exceptional writers
Thursday 24 June, 5 – 6 pm BST
The award-winning poet, essayist and fiction writer introduces his selection of ten unmissable emerging writers working the in UK today.
Kei Miller's selection of 10 exciting emerging writers will be announced on 19 June.
Find out more about the other authors included in the International Literature Showcase.