Writing Gender – Sexuality, Feminism and Masculinity
Gender and sexuality take centre stage… #BritLitBerlin 2018 will connect a new generation of writers and readers. Join the discussion and engage with new and established UK writers first hand in workshops, discussions and readings.
#BritLitBerlin, 25 – 27 January 2018
Registration is now open for the 33rd British Council Literature Seminar. We are delighted that the renowned writer Professor Bernardine Evaristo MBE has agreed to chair the event once again. The seminar will take place at the Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin, from Thursday, 25 January, to Saturday, 27 January 2018. The focus will be on gender diversity in contemporary UK writing.
- Complete Seminar - full price (€160.00)
- Complete Seminar - student price (€60.00)
- 1-day ticket Friday - full price (€80.00)
- 1-day ticket Friday - student price (€30.00)
- 1-day ticket Saturday - full price (incl. closing party with BBXO) (€80.00)
- 1-day ticket Saturday - student price (incl. closing party with BBXO) (€30.00)
*All prices include a hot two-course lunch each day (with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available), plus tea, coffee, water, fruit and other snacks, which will be available throughout the seminar.
** Journalists interested in covering the event can send their accreditation requests to email@example.com
Unable to make the entirety of the seminar? Get a glimpse of the action! On each of the three evenings of the seminar there will be a public reading given by one of the authors. 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, 9pm
Tickets: 8€ / 6€ (reduced) available from 7pm (Thur/Fri) and 6:30pm (Sat) in person at the box office at the Werkstatt der Kulturen.
#BritLitBerlin 2018 - in Bernardine Evaristo's words...
"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)"
The seminar will consist of two public readings, further seminar presentations by up to six writers in total, panel discussions and workshops.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.