Welcome to the International Literature Showcase (ILS)
18th - 21st March 2015
Join us for the International Literature Showcase in person or online, as we bring together 54 of the world’s most talented people from the literary world to share their work, discuss ideas and form exciting creative plans for the future.
Join us over three days as we introduce you to some wonderful writers and writing, and to thought-provoking ideas about what literature can achieve. If you are able, please join us in person at Wild Words: Jeanette Winterson & Helen Macdonald, and the UEA Spring Literary Festival with Ali Smith. Otherwise you can experience the Showcase through our live-stream, which gives you front-row seat to talks, readings, debates and performances taking place in the Cathedral Hostry. Events include readings and discussions from Eimear McBride, Emma Healey and Bidisha, as well as talks and debates on the state of the literary community with Stella Duffy, and the effect of our digital world on literature with Bill Thompson. The live-streamed events will take place here from 19th March at 9am (full schedule below). We welcome your comments throughout the events; do have your say virtually using the hashtag #ILShowcase.
Unable to tune in live? The events will also be podcast and videoed, and will be available here after the Showcase.
Wednesday 18th March
UEA Spring Literary Festival: Ali Smith
7pm - 8pm
Leading novelist Ali Smith discusses her most recent novel How to be Both (shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Book Award) in conversation with Philip Langeskov.
*This event will not be live streamed but will be available as a podcast*
Thursday 19th March
5 x 30 Introductions
9am - 12 Midday
Each delegate will introduce themselves for exactly two and a half minutes, accompanied by 5 slides to illustrate their talk. A fast-paced introduction to the 54 showcase participants.
Eimear McBride and Stella Duffy
12.30pm - 1pm
Eimear McBride author of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (winner of the 2013 Goldsmith’s Prize and 2014 Bailey’s Prize) and Stella Duffy writer, actor and co-founder of the Fun Palaces campaign, will read from their work.
Digital Literatures with Bill Thompson
2pm - 3.15pm
Digital guru Bill Thompson leads a discussion on how literature’s intersection with the digital world has changed. He explores what it means to be ‘a writer’ and examines the artistic and creative implications for readers, writers and arts programmers of the information age.
Next Generation Poets: Rebecca Goss, Luke Kennard and Zaffar Kunial
3.45pm - 5pm
Rebecca Goss, Luke Kennard and Zaffar Kunial perform their work, and discuss their work, hosted by Patience Agbabi.
Friday 20th March
9am - 9.30am
Hannah Silva reads and performs her powerful feminist satire - Schlock!
10am - 11.15am
The strength of a literary culture is dependent on the diversity, literacy and confidence of its readers, and yet to many people the arts as a whole can seem closed off, at worst exclusive and elitist. Stella Duffy, co-founder of Fun Palaces, discusses ways in which organisations can develop successful outreach programmes, and then chairs a panel debate on the subject.
New Fiction: Kirsty Logan, James Scudamore and Kerry Young
11.45am - 1pm
Readings from Kirsty Logan, James Scudamore and Kerry Young, followed by a debate hosted by Kate Griffin (International Programme Director, the British Centre for Literary Translation)
Alex Preston and Diriye Osman
2pm - 2.30pm
Alex Preston and Diriye Osman read from their work.
Shock of the New
3pm - 4.15pm
The artistic mainstream is continually refreshed and invigorated by encounters with new artistic models, outside voices and emergent forms. Geraldine Collinge leads a conversation on literature from outside the mainstream: be it experimental, in translation or simply deemed other.
New Fiction: Cynan Jones, Emma Healey, Selma Dabbagh
4.45pm - 6pm
Readings from Cynan Jones, Emma Healey and Selma Dabbagh, followed by a discussion hosted by Swithun Cooper (British Council Literature).
Wild Words with Jeanette Winterson and Helen Macdonald
7.30pm - 9pm Norwich Playhouse
An evening considering nature, memoir and writing with two of Britain’s finest authors.
Saturday 21st March
9am - 9.30am
Daljit Nagra readsa and performs from The Retold Ramayana.
Nonfiction and Memoir: Charlotte Higgins, Patrick Barkham and Bidisha
9.45am - 11am
Readings from Charlotte Higgins, Patrick Barkham and Bidisha, followed by a discussion, hosted by Jonathan Morley (Programme Director, Writers’ Centre Norwich).
Short Stories: Philip Langeskov, Francesca Rhydderch and Clare Wigfall
11.30am - 12.45pm
Readings from Philip Langeskov, Francesca Rhydderch and Clare Wigfall, followed by a discussion hosted by Sophie Wardell (British Council Literature).
Meet this Year'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 will also be an online forum for ILS Alumni – to continue the conversations and shape the global literature landscape in the years to come. After the ILS, a fund will be 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 BiographiesUK 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