You might have read their novels, now meet the people wielding the pen. British Council and Granta offer people of the city a chance to interact with 12 writers on the list of 20 best British novelists aged under 40. On Thursday, writers Joanna Kavenna and Adam Foulds will be in conversation with Anjum Hasan at the British Council library, Kasturba Road, from 6.30 p.m. A creative writing workshop on ‘A field guide to reality’ by Ms. Kavenna will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee for the workshop is Rs. 2,500 for non-members and Rs. 2,200 for library members.

Once in a decade

In April, Granta Magazine announced its once-in-a-decade selection of the 20 best British novelists aged under 40 at the British Council headquarters in London. This year’s list of novelists judged most likely to define their generation and inspire the next comprises Naomi Alderman, Tahmima Anam, Ned Beauman, Jenni Fagan, Adam Foulds, Xiaolu Guo, Sarah Hall, Steven Hall, Joanna Kavenna, Benjamin Markovits, Nadifa Mohamed, Helen Oyeyemi, Ross Raisin, Sunjeev Sahota, Taiye Selasi, Kamila Shamsie, Zadie Smith, David Szalay, Adam Thirlwell, and Evie Wyld.

Through 2013–14 the ‘Best of young British novelists’ will be travelling to more than 10 countries including Brazil, Canada, Kenya, Russia, Qatar, the United States and India.

The writers travel to Bangalore, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Jaipur in India. The Hindu is the media partner for the India season.

The India season, which started in July and is showcased in partnership with prominent publishing houses, will feature readings, panel discussions and workshops, focussing on themes as varied as family plots, 21st century British women’s writings, literature and conflict, writing on 21st century London, British national identity and literature, among others.

For details, call 080-22489220 or email

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