UK Scene

This section features news on what’s happening in the UK Literature scene at the moment.

The UK is home to well over a hundred literary festivals, and the number of festivals and festival-goers grows every year. As well as the important partnerships the British Council has with the Hay-on-Wye festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the South Bank Centre festivals, we also work with a number of others in different ways; for example the South Asia Festival, Asia House Festival of Asian Literature and Jewish Book Week, which is taking place this week, 26th February – 5th March.

Festivals around the country are becoming more and more interested in working internationally – in the last few weeks colleagues have had conversations with Festival Directors from the Literature Festivals in Bath, Cheltenham, Norwich and Manchester who have all expressed an interest in programming more writers from around the world at their festivals. For a list of literature festivals in the UK, please see our UK website.