The UK’s International Literature Showcase: Collaborations, Exchanges

In News by Erin L. Cox

The new showcase announces this year’s participating writers and organizations, launching its new online platform.
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By Erin L. Cox | @erinlcox

‘The Best of Literary Britain’

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Yesterday, the International Literature Showcase has announced the first 40 writers and literature organizations participating in this year’s program.

This year’s authors include Alex Bellos, Liz Berry, Malika Booker, Vahni Capildeo, Tessa Hadley, Frances Hardinge, Sarah Howe, Sarah Perry, Max Porter, and Nikesh Shukla.

“We are thrilled to unveil the first selection of writers and organizations to benefit from this year’s International Literature Showcase – a group so packed with talent it underscores yet again the vibrancy of our national creative output,” said Chris Gribble, head of Writers’ Centre Norwich, in a prepared statement.

“With a terrific program of support in place, including a new digital platform that all literature professionals can benefit from, we are eager to begin our work in showcasing the best of literary Britain to the world.”

The International Literature Showcase is a partnership between Writers’ Centre Norwich and the British Council which helps promote and export participating writers’ work around the world through events, special commissions and their online platform.

This new platform is free to access and features monthly editorials, think pieces and podcasts that will bring together a global community of writers and literary organizations to share expertise and foster collaboration.

international-literature-showcase-logo-linedThis year’s list of writers were selected from 369 applicants via an open, peer-nominated selection process, focusing on emerging and mid-career talent.  The final list of 80 writers and 50 literature organizations will be announced at The London Book Fair next March.

These writers will benefit from promotion through the International Literature Showcase throughout the year, culminating in a major international exchange next June in Norwich, a UNESCO City of Literature.

For the launch this week, the International Literature Showcase platform will broadcast five exclusive talks:

  • Sebastian Faulks, author of Birdsong and his new book Where My Heart Used to Beat, from the Cheltenham Literature Festival
  • Two distinctive poets, Benjamin Zephaniah and Liz Berry, from the Birmingham Literary Festival
  • Pat Barker, Man Booker Prize winning author of Regeneration, and Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Laureate, author of more than 130 books, including War Horse, which was adapted for the stage and screen, from the Durham Book Festival
  • Malorie Blackman, previous Children’s Laureate and author of the new book Chasing Stars, from the London Literature Festival
  • Jackie Kay, award-winning playwright and author of a debut novel Trumpet, from the Manchester Literature Festival

“Some of the most exciting contemporary writers and literature producers from all parts of the UK will be featured over the next months and we are confident that this will lead to a host of new international collaborations and literature exchanges,” said Cortina Butler, director of literature for the British Council.

For more information or to subscribe for regular updates, please go to www.litshowcase.org.

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Erin L. Cox

Erin L. Cox is the Business Development Director for Publishing Perspectives and a Senior Associate at Rob Weisbach Creative Management, where she represents writers and handles publicity and advertising clients.