Elif ShafakThe British Council is running a live literature event at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Northern Soul has a pair of tickets to be won!

It will feature Turkey’s most widely read women’s writer Elif Shafak and recent Forward Prize winner Kei Miller. This internationally restless panel of writers will explore the particularities of their cultural homelands, tell stories about encountering the world with fresh eyes and reflect on how travel can inform new writing.

A Jamaican writer now living in London, Kei Miller was the recipient of this year’s Forward Prize, and was also announced as a Next Generation Poet. He has travelled with the British Council from countries as diverse as Brazil and Iraq, and his work often explores the linguistic pleasures of his Jamaican heritage. Internationally celebrated Turkish writer Elif Shafak has had her work translated into more than 40 languages, and received numerous awards for her writing as she divides her time between Turkey and the UK. Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls.

Kei Miller

The event is part of the British Council Writers Return live literature series, a programme that sees writers recently returned from overseas share new work inspired by their trips abroad, talking about where they’ve been, where they’re going, and how it informs their writing.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for Writers Return (November 19, 2014) simply sign up to the Northern Soul newsletter (details of how to do this are on the right hand side of the page), and answer this question: In Andy Murray‘s recent article about John Lahr and the Manchester Literature Festival, which author has Lahr recently written a book about?  

Please send your answer to:

Closing date: 11pm, November 13, 2014

A winner will be picked at random and notified by November 14, 2014

WHAT: Writers Return

WHEN: November 19, 2014

WHERE:  International Anthony Burgess Foundation

TICKETS: Priced at £4 (£3 for students) and available from

The British Council's Writers Return

Writers Return Illustrations by Karrie Fransman