UK/India 2017 is a year-long celebration of the long-standing relationship between India and the UK. The year was launched by Her Majesty the Queen and features a vast programme of film, music, dance, digital projects, drama, talks, literature events, comedy, and other cultural activity taking place in cities across both countries.

Working with a huge number of partners and institutions, the British Council has developed a programme of cultural activity which will connect and inspire people in both countries; and strengthen and celebrate the UK and India’s cultural ties.

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BEE Books was started by Esha Chatterjee, who belongs to the fourth generation of publishing business in Kolkata. Since BEE Books’ inception in 2014, they have focussed on a variety of genres of books. The BEE Books title list includes translations of novels by Ranjan Bandopadhyay (Kadambari Devi’s Suicide Note), Sunil Gangopadhyay (Black Waters Jail), Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay (Eye of the Eagle), contemporary thrillers by esteemed actor, Barun Chanda (Coke), debutante author Shruti Upadhaya (White Noise) and two contest-based anthology of short stories (Tales to Tell; Tales to Tell – Romance). They also have published a number of international titles which make for interesting reads, especially when you’re on the go – God on Every Wind, Normal State of Mind, Clown’s Shoes, Devil’s Prayer; children’s illustrated titles like Nante Fante, Keiko Kenzo, and Awesome Four which are all series. BEE also focuses heavily on coffee table books and has worked with numerous corporate houses.

BEE Books, since the very beginning, has been part of many literature festivals, national and international, and is the content partner of the Kolkata Literature Festival of which Esha Chatterjee is one of the contributors.

At BEE there are four business verticals:

1. Translations: Bengali to English and English to Bengali
2. Corporate projects
3. Grant-based projects
4. Traditional publishing

The Kolkata Literature Festival is also coordinated by Esha Chatterjee and BEE Books is the content support for the festival.

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This year’s Bloody Scotland festival began in fine style with the launch of our first anthology of crime writing in the medieval surroundings of Stirling Castle. Then, as darkness fell, hundreds of people brandishing flaming torches, crime writers and readers alike, followed the triumvirate of Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, and Denise Mina as they led a procession down the winding streets of the city and into a packed theatre where Ian Rankin celebrated 30 years of his fictional detective Rebus.

Bloody Scotland is Scotland’s crime writing festival, held annually over a weekend in the historic city of Stirling. It was founded in 2012 by two crime writers, Lin Anderson and Alex Gray, with the aim of celebrating Scottish crime writing, introducing international writers, showcasing debut voices, and encouraging new writing.

Although there is no recognised tradition of the crime novel in Scotland, there has always been a dark undercurrent to our storytelling and can point to influences such as The Strange Case of Mr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson or James Hogg’s Confessions of A Justified Sinner. This has meant a real freedom for the Scottish crime writer, able to set books anywhere, in the present, past or future, and in tone be satirical, serious, or comic. With his 1977 novel Laidlaw, William McIlvanney is now credited with heralding the beginning of an extraordinary success story in Scottish crime writing, inspiring the next generation of writers. Despite the breadth of its church, Scottish crime writing has a recognisable quality, a shared concern. It continues to challenge title, tradition and the status quo, asking the question, 'who is the true monster among us?' Through this, it often delves deeply into the political and social conditions of the time. It defies convention, it challenges assumptions. Bloody Scotland seeks to celebrate crime writing in all its diversity, showcase its quality, and increase its audience.

Over the past five years the festival has hosted authors from around the world including US-based Lee Child, Norway’s Jo Nesbo, Canadian Linwood Barclay and Icelandic writer Yrsa Sigurdardottir. We present a wide range of panel discussions around themes ranging from topics such as morality within crime fiction, the role of women in crime to the influence of forensic science on the crime novel. One of the events which has gained huge popularity is our Crime at the Coo session, held in a small city centre bar. This allows crime writers attending the festival to take part in an ‘Open mic’ setting and acts vary from acoustic music to stand-up comedy and from poetry to musical theatre.

Nurturing the next generation of writers is core to the objectives of Bloody Scotland. Our master class with the University of Stirling presents a full day with notable speakers. We also run initiatives such as our Pitch Perfect event where unpublished authors are given the opportunity to pitch their debut crime novel to a panel of industry experts. In six years of Pitch Perfect, five writers have gone on to secure publication deals as a result of this session. Two years ago we introduced our ‘Spotlight’ slots which give an opportunity for debut, or emerging crime writers to present at our largest venue in a support slot before some of our biggest names.

We have been thrilled to develop a relationship with Kolkata Literature Festival, thanks to the support of Creative Scotland and British Council Scotland. In February 2017 two Scottish writers, Lin Anderson and Doug Johnstone, took part in the festival with Bloody Scotland Chair Jenny Brown. In September we welcomed writer Monabi Mitra and BEE Books publisher Esha Chatterjee to Bloody Scotland. And now we look forward to the publication of Scottish crime writing in India in the lead up to the 2018 Kolkata Literature festival when we are back with more Scottish writers.

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Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

It enables people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.

It distributes funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.

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