International Literature Showcase

Good writing knows no borders

Presented by the National Centre for Writing and British Council

What is the International Literature Showcase?

The International Literature Showcase’s five guest curators are exploring the breadth of contemporary writing from the UK.

The showcase began with Elif Shafak’s selection of women writers at London Book Fair in March, continued in August with Val McDermid’s selection of LGBTQI+ writers and in October Jackie Kay revealed her selection of BAME writers at Cheltenham Literature Festival.


Owen SheersOwen Sheers’ new selection

The brand new International Literature Showcase, curated by author, poet and playwright and Professor in Creativity at Swansea University Owen Sheers, has been revealed.

Discover the details of Owen’s list, including his introduction to each writer and the reasons why he finds their work to be so important – spanning topics including the environment, structural inequality and the role of a writer at times of transition and change – and an analysis of Owen’s selection from award-winning journalist Chitra Ramaswamy, who began her career as a writer for The Big Issue.

“What is the role of a writer at times of transition and change? How might their work contribute at a hinge point in history when the choices we make today will so significantly affect the kinds of lives we live tomorrow?” Owen Sheers

Explore Owen’s list now.

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How it works

The International Literature Showcase provides an on-going package of support for the writers, aiming to raise their profile nationally and internationally.

  • Launch events at major festivals in the UK
  • High profile press coverage
  • Featured on the National Centre for Writing podcast
  • Promoted to British Council offices in 115 countries around the world

The showcases will culminate in 2020 with a conference at the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, gathering together writers, literature professionals and cultural organisations to forge new partnerships and generate new collaborative projects.

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The International Literature Showcase is a partnership project by:

National Centre for Writing