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.

Index on Censorship: Edin Suljic

| by Edin Suljic

After visiting his homeland, former Yugoslavia, last summer Edin Suljic was inspired to write his latest poem My Mate Shakespeare. His poem featured in the Spring 2016 special Shakespeare edition of Index on Censorship magazine. The British Council helped to support an event with Index on Censorship around Shakespeare and dissent at the Hay Festival on June 3rd 2016.

Index on Censorship: Shakespeare and dissent

| by Rachael Jolley

The British Council supported an exciting programme of events at Hay Festival, celebrating Shakespeare on the 400 year anniversary of his death. On Friday 3 June, Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship magazine, was in conversation with Simon Callow, David Aaronovitch and Alexa Huang for an event on Shakespeare and dissent.

A blog from Beyt el Kottab

| by Kerry Young

Writer Kerry Young on her recent trip to Beirut for the International Writers' House, Beyt el Kottab.

Poem 'AT 45, TO 45' by Sampurna Chattarji

| by Sampurna Chattarji

For our Sonnet Exchange event at the Southbank Centre's Alchemy Festival we commissioned Sampurna Chattarji to write a poetic response to a Shakespearean Sonnet.

The Shame - a new poem by Daljit Nagra

| by Daljit Nagra

For our Sonnet Exchange event at Alchemy Festival this year, Next Generation poet Daljit Nagra was commissioned to write a response to a Shakespeare sonnet. He chose Sonnet 69.

Poem by Kaiser Haq in response to Shakespeare's Sonnet 66

| by Kaiser Haq

For our Sonnet Exchange event at Alchemy Festival this year, Bangladeshi poet Kaiser Haq was commissioned to write a response to Shakespeare. Kaiser chose to take as his starting point Sonnet 66, 'Tired with all these, for restful death I cry'. His response is below.

Daljit Nagra comments on his new poem 'The Shame'

| by Daljit Nagra

In this blog post, Daljit Nagra comments on his new poem 'The Shame' which draws inspiration both from Shakespeare Sonnets and the Bollywood drama of a modern Indian marriage.

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

| by Leah Cross

Meg Rosoff awarded the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature.