Meet 2015's ILS Guests
Including Patience Agbabi, Bidisha, Patrick Barkham, Emma Healey, Helen Macdonald and Eimear McBride.
Including Tom Chivers - Penned in the Margins, Lucy Crompton-Reid - Apples & Snakes, Hannah Trevarthen - English PEN and Eleanor Lang - Free Word Centre.
Including Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire - The Centre for African Cultural Excellence (Uganda), Hung Hung - Taipei Poetry Festival (Taipei), Ayesha Husain - Khayaal Creative Network (Pakistan) and Antoine Lewis - Literature Live! (India)
Find out more about the ILS
The International Literature Showcase (ILS) is a global network connecting emerging and established literature development professionals. Founded by the British Council and Writers’ Centre Norwich, with support from Arts Council England, it offers access to new partnerships and collaborations and the chance to develop expertise and explore new ideas across the international sector. It promotes best practice across a community of writers, creative producers, literary festivals, publishers, libraries, educators, and entrepreneurs.
The ILS 2015 brings together 54 of the most talented people working in literature from around the world with a programme featuring 24 outstanding writers from across the UK.
There is an online forum for ILS Alumni – to continue the conversations and shape the global literature landscape in the years to come. Plus, a fund is available for delegates to support early stage development of the new partnerships and collaborations brokered and discussed in Norwich.
Following the successes of the Norwich Showcase in 2012, ILS joins the British Council’s extensive portfolio of arts and literature programmes which develop opportunities for collaboration around the world with British writers and the UK literature sector.
About the Norwich Showcase 2012
An International Platform For British Writing
9th-13th March 2012
"We hope that as a result of this first Norwich Showcase, we are able to
inspire new partnerships, ideas and work within the UK and internationally.”
Chris Gribble, Writers' Centre Norwich
The international platform for British writing and literature development called the Norwich Showcase, presented by Writers' Centre Norwich and British Council
ran from March 9th – March 13th in venues across Norwich.
The Norwich Showcase introduced international literature specialists to innovative British writers and translators and brought together literature specialists from across the world, literature organisations from the UK and some of the best writers out of the UK.
Watch this film for an overview of the Norwich Showcase and find out how our international delegates got on.
Take a look at some of the images from the Norwich Showcase on Flickr.
Watch out for podcasts soon on the following topics:
6 X 8 Delegate Presentations
Interested in finding out more about the delegates from around the world? Listen to their fascinating presentations here soon. Each delegate had eight minutes to tell us about the work they do and it was really enlightening stuff.
Emily Berry, Kei Miller and Tom Warner
Moniza Alvi, Adam Foulds and George Szirtes
Lavinia Greenlaw, David Harsent and Frances Leviston.
Live Literature Shorts from Molly Naylor and Luke Wright
Literary Death Match with Francesca Beard, Siddhartha Bose, Martin Figura and Ross Sutherland.
Samantha Harvey, Anjali Joseph and Evie Wyld.
Joe Dunthorne, Yvvette Edwards and Ross Raisin.
Granta: A Cultural Space
Granta Deputy Editor Ellah Allfrey in conversation about new writing, literature beyond the book and how the magazine is evolving.
Literature, Internationalism And Change
Featuring Chris Gribble, Susanna Nicklin, Jonathan Heawood and special guests.
Readings and discussion with Robert Macfarlane and Adam Foulds. Hosted by Jon Cook.
Featuring readings from Lakshmi Holmström and Adam Thirlwell and discussion with Briony Everroad. Hosted by Valerie Henitiuk of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
Readings and discussion with Sarah Dunant, Mark Mills and Rebecca Stott.
Featuring Daniel Hahn, Ros Schwartz and Frank Wynne.
Readings and discussions with William Fiennes, Kathryn Hughes and Alexander Masters.
Fiction and Forms
Readings and discussion with Tom McCarthy and Jon McGregor. Hosted by Christopher Bigsby.
View the conversation on Twitter
and say hello on the hashtag: #LitShowcase12
The Norwich Showcase International Delegates:
Theotonius Gomes (Bangladesh) – Brine Pickles
Tsila Hayun - (Israel) Hotam Cultural Projects
Jorge Antonio Marques (Brazil) – FLUPP Festival
Naomi Alderman, Moniza Alvi, Francesca Beard, Emily Berry, Christopher Bigsby, Siddhartha Bose, Jon Cook, Sarah Dunant, Joe Dunthorne, Yvvette Edwards, Briony Everroad, William Fiennes, Martin Figura, Adam Foulds, Lavinia Greenlaw, Daniel Hahn, David Harsent, Samantha Harvey, Lakshmi Holmström, Kathryn Hughes, Anjali Joseph, Frances Leviston, Hannah Lowe, Robert Macfarlane, Alexander Masters, Tom McCarthy, Jon McGregor, Kei Miller, Mark Mills, Molly Naylor, Don Paterson, Ross Raisin, Rebecca Stott, Ross Sutherland, George Szirtes, Adam Thirlwell, Tom Warner, Luke Wright and Evie Wyld
View Writer Biographies
UK Literature Organisations:
Find Out More About The Programme
Over the five days the delegates attended a series of readings, discussion and performances and allowed the writers and literature specialists to look at new ways of working together. The programme was designed to forge international ties, create connections and to encourage creative ideas that will germinate and continue to flourish long past the five days of the programme.
Download the full Norwich Showcase brochure