Save the date - #BritLitBerlin on gender diversity, 25 – 27 January 2018
We are delighted that the renowned writer Bernardine Evaristo has agreed to chair our next British Council Literature Seminar in 2018. The seminar will once again take place in Berlin from Thursday, 25 January, to Saturday, 27 January 2018, and will focus on the topic of gender diversity in contemporary UK writing.
"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 informs 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)"
The seminar will consist of two public readings, further seminar presentations by up to six writers in total, panel discussions and workshops. Naomi Alderman, who has won the 2017 Baileys Prize for Fiction for her latest novel “Power”, has already agreed to attend.
Registrations will open soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you miss #BritLitBerlin 2017? Watch our recordings from all sessions
Recordings from all sessions of the British Council Literature Seminar 2017 are now available on our YouTube channel.
- Bernardine Evaristo - Reading and in conversation
- Malika Booker - Reading and in conversation
- "New Routes into Publishing” - Panel discussion with Siena Parker, Nikesh Shukla, Malika Booker and Bernadine Evaristo
- Irenosen Okojie - Reading and in conversation
- Nikesh Shukla - Reading and in conversation
- Hari Kunzru - Reading and in conversation
- “Can Creative Writing be Taught” - Panel discussion with Irenosen Okojie, Catherine Johnson, Sharon Dodua Otoo, Malika Booker and Bernadine Evaristo
- Catherine Johnson - Reading and in conversation
- Sharon Dodua Otoo - Reading and in conversation
Experience new British literature, up close and in person
The British Council Literature Seminar offers students, academics, publishers, translators, journalists and literature fans from across Europe the chance to hear the latest writing from the UK and engage with the writers and their work at first hand.
It will bring together an impressive group of contemporary British writers over three days in January for a mixture of readings, discussions and workshops.
History of the Literature Seminar
The British Council Literature Seminar in Germany has brought new literary voices from the UK to Germany for over 30 years.