Writers have often sought to explore both public and private dilemmas. How do the large movements of history and social change emerge in the intimate, closely observed rhythms of private lives? Writing has an interest both in the individual life, and in forces beyond anyone’s control; in private and public styles. (Philip Hensher)

This year’s participating authors were Joe Dunthorne, Esther Freud, Sarah Hall as well as Alan Hollinghurst, John Lanchester and Andrew O’Hagan.

It consisted of two public readings as well as panel discussions, workshshops and moderated interviews for an invited specialist audience.

You can view all seminar readings and discussions on our Youtube channel:

There are also videos of the discussions moderated by translators Hans-Christian Oeser and Bernhard Robben, as well as the authors talking with by Dr. Herbert Grieshop and Dr. Cordelia Borchardt).

You can read an article on “Writing in Public” from literary translator Lucy-Renner Jones on our blog.

Furthermore, you will find photos from the seminar on our flickr site.

What is the British Council Literature Seminar?

The British Council Literature Seminar, formerly the Walberberg Seminar, is our largest and longest-running annual literature seminar outside of the UK. It traditionally takes place in the last weekend in January. The seminar brings together writers from the UK with academics, publishers, translators and literary journalists from Germany and other European countries to discuss writing today.

How is this achieved?

The seminar encourages stimulating and intense discussions in both formal and informal settings. Each writer gives a reading from his or her own work – there is also a series of panel discussions and workshops to which writers as well as participants contribute actively.

For further information please write to literature@britishcouncil.de