International Literature Showcase

Good writing knows no borders

Presented by the National Centre for Writing and British Council

Whether you’re booking writers for your next festival, seeking new texts for your students or looking for a great read, let the International Literature Showcase be your guide to the best of UK contemporary literature.


Elif Shafak’s selection of 10 exciting women writers in the UK

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Throughout 2019 and 2020, over the course of six showcases, our guest curators will each celebrate a particular aspect of UK writing.

This year we begin with a focus on representation, showcasing women writers, BAME writers and LGBTQI writers.

In 2020 we will shift into exploring the boundaries of often misunderstood genres, from speculative fiction and crime fiction to poetry.

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The International Literature Showcase is a partnership project by:

National Centre for Writing