The Best of Young British Novelists programme in association with Granta, was a year of Literature in India as British Council in partnership with Granta, launched the India Season in July 2013 with 10 new UK writers reaching out to an audience of 15,000 across 10 cities through 52 sessions in 13 Universities, 9 libraries and 4 major festivals. This is by far the longest list of UK authors who visited India in a year and reaching out to such a large audience.
It created an international platform for new UK writers to read to new audiences, experience other cultures, debate with their international peers and inspire a new global generation of readers and writers. It was pioneering – for the first time Libraries, Arts and Digital came together to curate and deliver programmes in each of the nine library centres; Design and Literature came together through the Book loom to provide an opportunity for audiences to engage with British design and British contemporary literature. BOYBN Season was successful and led to increased awareness of the UK’s new writing and literary scene.
Impact: quotes about the wider benefits of BOYBN India Season.
“I don't think I've enjoyed a series of events more: the audiences were large and engaged, the fellow panellists and interviewees inspiring, the ideas being discussed stimulating, and the whole thing was organised and executed with such care and attention to detail. I loved being part of it” – Sunjeev Sahota, writer
“It was one of the most lively and interesting sessions of AKLF, due to the wide cultural spectrum covered by the featured writers in terms of their background and experience. AKLF is keen on factoring in a regular Granta session as part of its festival.” – Anjum Katyal, MainaBhagat, Directors, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival
“It was a privilege to meet the writers after the talk and discuss various ideas. Heartiest congratulations on completing such a successful season and for bringing so many top writers to India.” - Satish Padmanabhan, Books Editor, Outlook Magazine.
"At St. Xavier’s College Nadifa Mohamed held a large audience of students spellbound with her real and fictional narratives of Somalia. Her readings brought out many cultural similarities across cultures, and she also spoke of her own cross-cultural experiences and identity influencing her growth as a writer. The students loved her!" - Dr Shefali Shah, Head, Department of English, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai