Discover Contemporary Iranian Literature
Don't miss acclaimed Iranian short story writer and literary critic Fereshteh Ahmadi in conversation this evening (18 May) at Free Word Centre in London, presented by the British Council and the Agatha Christie Festival. Find out more about Fereshteh's work here.
Karachi Literature Festival Live in London
This Saturday (20 May) the Karachi Literature Festival presents a full day of events at Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre, London. Each year overlooking Chinna Creek the Karachi Literature Festival draws thousands of visitors and it's the first time this lively celebration of literature has taken place outside of Pakistan
2017 UK / India Year of Culture #UKIN2017
2017 sees a major series of events and activities celebrating cultural exchange between the UK and India. Coming up in the next few days don't miss: Jaipur Literature Festival at the British Library on 20 and 21 May- a sumptuous showcase of South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books, ideas and more!
The Writing Places project explores the connections between writers and place in two of the world's great cities of literature: Calcutta and Norwich. A series of unmissable public events will take place next week at Dragon Hall, Norwich, with Writers' Centre Norwich.
The Wales/India Mela at the Hay Festival in Wales is on Wednesday 31 May. 'And suddenly you find yourself in India' will feature poets performing work inspired by their experience of the India/Wales project, Valley City Village. Then Literature Across Frontiers features writers from Wales and India in a multi-lingual performance on translating and writing.
This year the Hay Festival in Wales celebrates its 30th anniversary! In addition to the Wales/India Mela above the British Council is involved with a number of projects:
Taking part in the Hay Festival all week will be the British Council Illustrator-in-Residence Kamila Slocinska from Aarhus in Denmark. Later this year the city of Aarhus joins forces with Hay Festival to present the first International Children’s Literature Festival in Denmark: Aarhus 39. Aarhus is the European Capital of Culture 2017.
And as part of the ongoing programme around the Poland Market Focus, after the London Book Fair 2017, Polish author Filip Springer will speak about his book History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town. He's appearing on 26 May. Don't miss it!