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.


Singer, songwriter and author Dee Lestari took time to speak to us about London Book Fair, translation and what the UK can learn from Indonesian literature.

New Generation of Russian Literature Professionals visit the UK

From 26 January to 3 February 2019, a delegation of Russian literature and publishing professionals will visit the UK as part of a study tour, exploring the international market and engaging with UK professionals in Edinburgh, Manchester, Norwich and London.

INDONESIA FOCUS: Q+A Agustinus Wibowo

We caught up with Agustinus Wibowo at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and spoke to him about Indonesian literature, writing processes, and the best book he's ever read.

Opportunity: Shanghai Writers’ Association Residency, Sept-Oct 2019

We are currently accepting expressions of interest from established UK writers to participate in The Shanghai Writing Programme - a two month residency in Shanghai, China from 1 September 2019 – 31 October 2019. The residency is hosted by the Shanghai Writers’ Association.

OPEN CALL: Sub-Saharan Africa Research Grants

| by Liz Moon

We are aiming to increase connections between the UK creative sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa and to expand knowledge of contemporary African art in the UK.