Writing the City is a digital platform where writers can read, write, discuss and connect.

Writing the City is a literary arts platform created by the British Council. With a focus on writing inspired by city life, the project supports a community of new, emerging and established writers who share their work, give and receive feedback and get invaluable opportunities to take their writing forward. The project is funded by the British Council and the National Arts Council Singapore.

UK Writers at the Singapore Writers Festival

Writing the City also supports the British Council’s work with the Singapore Writers Festival where we present sessions by prominent UK writers who engage with local audiences. In 2011 we worked with the former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, in 2012 with Pico Iyer and Victoria Glendinning (author of the latest biography on Sir Stamford Raffles), in 2013 with the current poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and in 2014 with Paul Muldoon and Geof Dyer.


Patron of the Arts Award for British Council

*The British Council Singapore was awarded the 2013 Arts Supporter Award for their contribution to advancing the arts in Singapore in 2012, specifically recognising our involvement in the Singapore Writers Festival and the Musicity project.

The award follows on from a significant part of the speech made by the Singaporean Minister, representing the Singaporean government at the Queen’s Birthday Party in June 2013, highlighting the British Council’s contribution to Singapore. Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, Ms Indranee Rajah affirmed that “much credit goes to the British Council, which has been tireless in […] showcasing the innovation, creativity and excellence of the British arts […]”.

Dickens 2012 bicentennial anniversary celebrations

A series of dynamic literary events to celebrate one of the world’s most inspiring authors.

Delving into the delightful world of words with Charles Dickens

On 7 February 2012, in celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of Charles Dickens, the British Council (Writing the City) and The Arts House launched Dickens 2012 with a Victorian-themed evening filled with readings, performances, and an exhibition, inspired by the works of one of Britain’s most influential authors of all time.

During the course of the evening, several of Dickens famous characters- Fagin, Pip, Ebenezer Scrooge, Abel Magwitch, to name a few – were brought to life through a seris of theatre skits and musical performances by Arsmedia. Guests were treated to a reading by the Guest of Honour, His Excellency Mr Antony Philipson, British High Commissioner, as part of the Global Dickens 2012 Readathon.

Following the launch of Dickens 2012, was a month-long programme of activities, including the Creative Writing Competitions, Dickens 2012: City Dwellers, an exhibition of Sketches by Boz, a month of film screenings and a Living Cities workshop by Punchdrunk

Click here to see photos of the event.

Click here for full Dickens 2012 information.