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.

Shakespeare Lives in Illustration: Karrie Fransman

| by Leah Cross

Illustrator and comic creator Karrie Fransman talks about her 'Tragedy' illustration, commissioned for our Shakespeare Lives campaign, and shares before and after sketches of her work.

Shakespeare Lives in Illustration

| by Leah Cross

As part of our Shakespeare Lives campaign, we commissioned three illustrators to visually interpret Shakespearean themes.

Word of the Day - Translating Shakespeare into Romanian

| by Anca Tomus, Alexandru Calin, Andreea Ioana Șerban, Dana Badulescu and George Volceanov

Romanian translators taking part in A Great Feast of Languages workshop in Cologne blog on the most challenging word(s) of the day, when translating texts from Shakespeare's plays.

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.

Sonnets for the Horn of Africa - Part 1

| by Deanna Rodger

Spoken word poet Deanna Rodger was part of a creative team working with young artists from Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan on new poems inspired by Shakespeare's sonnets. In part one of our blog Sonnets for Africa, she reflects on her experiences in the first few days of the workshop.

Shakespeare Lives at the Hay Festival

| by Will Kemp

There's an exciting programme celebrating Shakespeare at the Hay Festival from May 26- June 5 2016. The British Council is a global partner of Hay and we will be live tweeting from a number of events.

Kamila Shamsie: Bocas and Bogotá (Part 3)

| by Kamila Shamsie

In the third instalment of her blog from the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago, Kamila Shamsie reflects on how the imagination and national borders interact.

Kamila Shamsie: Bocas and Bogotá (Part 2)

| by Kamila Shamsie

In the second instalment of her blog from the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago, Kamila Shamsie reflects on the relationship between literature and cricket.

Kamila Shamsie: Bocas and Bogota - Part 1

| by Kamila Shamsie

Novelist Kamila Shamsie blogs from the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago and the Bogotá Book Fair in Colombia, where she will be discussing her work and her contribution to the anthology Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Twelve Stories After Shakespeare and Cervantes.