Louise Welsh ©

Steve Lindbridge

Scottish Literature Now!

British Council Literature Seminar, Hamburg, 13–15 February 2020

After having hosted the British Council Literature Seminar in Berlin in recent years, we are now heading north to Hamburg for the first time.

We are delighted to partner the 35th British Council Literature Seminar with the Literaturhaus Hamburg. Chaired by the renowned Scottish writer Louise Welsh, we shall look at Scottish Literature Now! The seminar will start in the evening of Thursday 13 February 2020 and finish at lunchtime on Saturday 15 February 2020.

The seminar will consist of a public reading, presentations by four further literary voices from Scotland, panel discussions and author-led workshops.

The participating authors are Mary Paulson-Ellis, Malachy Tallack, Kirsty Logan and Jay G Ying. 

Complete Seminar full price: €150

Complete Seminar student price: €100 (students will be required to show valid Student ID to gain entrance to the Seminar.)

All prices include a lunch on Friday, 14 February 2020 (with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available), plus tea, coffee, water and snacks, which will be available throughout the seminar.

Please register here. 

There will be a public reading held by Louise Welsh on 13 February at Literaturhaus Hamburg. All information is available here. 

“Scotland’s literature is woven through with political discourse, social realism, absurdity, romance and murder. This is not the tartan you’ll find in the tourist gift shop. This is the real thing. Reflections of a country on the cusp of change.” – Louise Welsh

A trio bridges, over the Firth of Forth - The Forth Rail Bridge, Forth road Bridge and, Queensferry crossing

VisitScotland / Stuart Brunton

Seminar Schedule

13 February 

19.30 hrs

Public Reading: Professor Louise Welsh
chaired by Dr Kirsten Reimers

14 February 09.00 hrs


  09.30 hrs

Reading by Mary Paulson-Ellis
chaired by Norah Campbell, British Council Scotland

  11.30 hrs

Reading by Malachy Tallack
chaired by Professor Louise Welsh

  14.00 hrs Panel Discussion on 'Writing this World and Others: History, Fantasy and Other Realities'

with Kirsty Logan and Jay G Ying
chaired by Professor Louise Welsh

  16.00 hrs Reading by Jay G Ying

chaired by Matthias Kniep, Haus für Poesie Berlin

  18.00 hrs

Reading by Kirsty Logan
chaired by Professor Louise Welsh

15 February  09.30 hrs

Writers’ workshops
with Mary Paulson Ellis, Malachy Tallack, Kirsty Logan and Jay G Ying

  11.30 hrs

Panel Discussion on Interior and exterior landscapes: Writing Scotland, Writing the World & Closure
with Mary Paulson Ellis and Malachy Tallack 
chaired by Professor Louise Welsh

Any questions? 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us at literature@britishcouncil.de.

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