British Council Literature Seminar in Berlin 2019

  • 24-26 January
  • Berlin

Cities in Contemporary UK Literature

How do we write about the cities that we live in? How does the urban environment inspire and influence contemporary British literature?  #BritLitBerlin will connect writers, academics and lovers of reading alike. Join the discussion and engage with new and established UK writers first hand in workshops, discussions and readings.



Whether you are a student, academic, publisher, translator, journalist or literature fan from across Europe, #BritLitBerlin gives you the chance to hear the latest writing from the UK and engage with the writers and their work first hand.

Multiple award-winning poet and Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, Michael Symmons Roberts, will chair the event. He said: 

"More than half – and rising – of our world’s population lives in cities. They are engines of social and political change, crucibles of conflict and transformation. Our cities are as complex and diverse as we are, even more so if we take in the wider ‘urban’ constellation of towns and edgelands.

This Berlin seminar - as befits a city with so many novels and poems in its honour – will explore how British writers have shaped and reflected all kinds of cities – real and mythic, utopian and dystopian, concrete and virtual."


Follow the livestream

If you can't make it to the seminar in person, why not follow the readings and discussion via livestream? Connect with other the authors and literature fans worldwide by tuning in and engage online by using #BritLitBerlin on social media.


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