Hay Festival 2024
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The events will showcase writers and speakers from countries in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa to UK audiences, and feature up-and-coming UK writers selected as part of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2023 list. This specially selected event series brings together our work with the Hay Festivals in Mexico, Peru and Colombia as well as a new partnership in Kenya, as part of our UK/Kenya Season.  Read more about the events in the series and book tickets below: Sunday 26 May, 7:00pm, THE HIVE Silvia Vasquez-Lavado and Kirsty Lang Activist Sylvia Vasquez-Lavado discusses her i ..read more
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London Book Fair 2024
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4M ago
Join us at this year's London Book Fair, taking place 12-14 March at London Olympia. Stop by the International Welcome Point hosted by British Council, stand 2C120, or come along to our event to meet the team and hear more about a forthcoming research report into publishing in Sub-Saharan Africa. Event: New Trends in Publishing in Sub-Saharan Africa Tuesday 12 March 2024 | 12.00-12.45 Olympia, International Markets Theatre (3E12) In advance of the publication of the British Council’s landmark research into the publishing sectors in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe, re ..read more
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Beyond Literature Borders
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4M ago
Beyond Literature Borders is a new grant programme, developed with Speaking Volumes, to support UK-based arts organisations that are diverse-led, or working with underrepresented voices, to develop new international projects. There are four £7,000 grants available to give small, UK-based literature organisations the opportunity to develop and deliver a discrete project in collaboration with an international partner. The grants will be awarded to literature organisations that are either completely new to international work, or those who are early in their partnerships and oversea ..read more
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Sub-Saharan Africa Publishing and Literature Sector Study
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9M ago
Sub-Saharan Africa Publishing and Literature Sector Study   The British Council wishes to engage a researcher to conduct in-depth research into the trade publishing and literature sectors in six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa which provides market insights and focuses on innovative practice and the conditions for resilience in the sector. The six countries will be Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.   The research will provide a comprehensive, accurate overview of the trade publishing and literature sectors in each country with a particular focus on the sector ..read more
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Celebrating Windrush 75 with Poetry
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1y ago
This summer, 'Poems on the Underground’ commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Windrush's arrival in Britain and we’re supporting to ensure six fantastic poems are available to read on London Underground and Overground trains. HMT Empire Windrush docked on 22 June 1948 and brought 492 people from islands in the Caribbean to help fill post-war labour shortages and aid in rebuilding a country devastated by the Second World War. The ship became a symbol of a migration movement of people arriving in the UK from the Caribbean in the post-war period up to 1971, when immigration laws changed. Since ..read more
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What We're Reading: Hay Festival
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1y ago
Take a look at previous What We’re Reading blogs for more reading inspiration.   Hungry Ghosts, by Kevin Jared Hosein I'm thoroughly enjoying Hungry Ghosts, the debut novel by Kevin Jared Hosein, who won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2018, and whom I had the pleasure of hearing read at the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago.  It's 1940s rural Trinidad, and there's a storm brewing. Quite literally, in the shape of torrential downpours which impact the lives of the ensemble cast of characters: Hansraj and Shweta, who dream of escaping their leaky barrack for a ..read more
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What We're Reading: Hay Festival special
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1y ago
Take a look at previous What We’re Reading blogs for more reading inspiration.   Hungry Ghosts, by Kevin Jared Hosein I'm thoroughly enjoying Hungry Ghosts, the debut novel by Kevin Jared Hosein, who won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2018, and whom I had the pleasure of hearing read at the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago.  It's 1940s rural Trinidad, and there's a storm brewing. Quite literally, in the shape of torrential downpours which impact the lives of the ensemble cast of characters: Hansraj and Shweta, who dream of escaping their leaky barrack for a plot ..read more
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Hay Festival 2023
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1y ago
Hay Festival is the world’s leading festival of ideas across literature. It brings readers and some of the brightest thinkers of our time together to inspire, examine and entertain. This international celebration of literature, music, and the arts is set to take place in the stunning Welsh countryside and will feature world-renowned authors, musicians, and performers. This is the place where the year's best new fiction and non-fiction launches, and this year, there will be more than 500 in-person events, all under the slogan ‘11 days of different’. Literary figures, policymakers, pioneers, inn ..read more
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Sub-Saharan Africa Literature and Publishing Sector Report
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1y ago
Sub-Saharan Africa Literature and Publishing Sector Report  As we look to build on our programmes with the literature and publishing sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa, the British Council has commissioned a scoping report into the trade publishing and literature sectors across nine countries in which it operates: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.  The purpose of the report is to gather up-to-date information on local contexts, trends and challenges in publishing and contemporary writing across the nine countries. With numerous changes and ..read more
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British Council Literature Seminar
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1y ago
Having explored the topic of diversity in UK literature in the context of race and gender in 2017 and 2018, we are thrilled that Bernardine Evaristo – the renowned writer, academic and Man Booker Prize Winner 2019 – chaired the British Council Literature Seminar in 2023. You can now watch the seminar for yourself here.     Class and Contemporary UK Writing 'The hierarchy of class is deeply embedded into the structures of British society and affects every aspect of our lives. Although the United Kingdom has become a more progressive and socially mobile society, it is nonetheless far ..read more
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