British Council Literature Seminar
Public readings and events
On each of the three evenings of the 2018 seminar there was a public reading given by one of the authors.
Unable to make the entirety of the seminar? Get a glimpse of the action! We are delighted to announce the following:
- Thursday 25th January, 7:30pm: Reading with Kerry Hudson, chaired by Bernardine Evaristo
- Friday 26th January, 7:30pm: Reading with Paul McVeigh, chaired by Herbert Grieshop
- Saturday 27th January, 7pm: Reading and Round-Up with Bernardine Evaristo, chaired by Mark Stein. Followed by performance by BBXOofficial, 8:30pm
Bernardine Evaristo chaired #BritLitBerlin 2018
"The 2018 seminar will be an exploration of some of the ways in which British writers are exploring gender and sexuality in the twenty-first century. We will look at the current conversations around gender identity that have been gaining ground in the mainstream recently, including the challenge to the social construction of gender binaries. As the spectrum and categories of transgender identities and LGBTQ+ sexualities continue to revolutionise how we define ourselves as humans, we will examine how this is being played out in literature. At the same time feminism has recently enjoyed a rebirth and gone mainstream. The post-feminist era is over and young women, in particular, are taking ownership of Fourth Wave Feminism, a shift as individualised as each proponent. We will ask how this is being addressed by writers of fiction and poetry, whose work appears to subscribe to a range of feminist ideas or ideals. We will ask how we can create literature that is complex and nuanced, while also being consciously political. As notions of masculinity and femininity are called into question, subverted, rejected and expanded, we will examine the decisions we make that inform our literature in this regard. Who and what do we write about? What fictional characters do we create, and why? What are the self-imposed limits that determine whether or how we write across gender and sexuality? And what are our responsibilities as writers when addressing these issues? Finally, what are the expectations imposed upon us by the reading public and the publishing industry to write from a perspective that correlates to our (cis) gender?" - Bernardine Evaristo
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