International Literature Showcase: Working with the World


How might you go about expanding your networks internationally? How can you fund international work? Who is looking to collaborate with UK literature, and what do they want?  

Come and join the International Literature Showcase (ILS) at Working with the World for your chance to explore what international working might mean for you. Whether you are a writer or working in an organisation, this free half-day session will provide practical advice, case-studies, and discussion with experienced international collaborators to help you take a step-change in your work.

From 6pm there will be a chance to grab a glass of wine, network, and talk to others. There will also be a limited number of 1-to-1 sessions with Sam Ruddock of the ILS to help you understand your international opportunities and broker new relationships with potential international partners.

The speakers are Sophia Walker (poet), Jarred McGinnis (writer), Sam Ruddock (ILS Roadshow), Daisy Leitch (British Council) and Ruth Harrison (Spread the Word).

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Jarred McGinnis

Jarred McGinnis is the co-founder of The Special Relationship. In 2015, he was the creative director for ‘Moby-Dick Unabridged‘, a four-day live reading of Herman Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’ at the Southbank Centre. Jarred’s short fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4, and has appeared in journals in the UK, Canada, USA and Ireland. He has had stories shortlisted for the 2016 Galley Beggar Story Prize and the 2016 Wasafiri New Writing Award. Jarred is an Associate Writer of Spread the Word.

Sophia Walker

BBC Slam Champion Sophia Walker is an internationally renowned poet, playwright and educator. Commissioned by organisations as diverse as the UK Health Alliance, Million Women Rise and the UN, Sophia has performed everywhere from Las Vegas to the Scottish Parliament. UK representative for the World Slam Championship 2015 and the World LGBT Slam Championships, her debut collection Opposite The Tourbus was shortlisted for ‘Reader’s Choice’ of The Guardian’s First Book Award. Her three plays have garnered awards and toured through theaters internationally. Sophia is regularly nominated Best UK Spoken Word Performer.

Organised by Writers’ Centre Norwich, British Council, and Arts Council England in partnership with Spread the Word.