Crossing Borders was made possible by collaboration between the British Council, Lancaster University and a range of partners in Africa. You can read about How the Crossing Borders scheme worked, the Project history and contact details. Visit Crossing Borders.
Crossing Borders was an exciting new initiative that used information technology to link young writers in Africa with experienced mentors in the UK. The project was funded by the British Council in London, designed and managed by the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University and was enabled by a network of British Council offices in Africa.
Participants in the project were drawn from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Our mentors represented a wide range of cultural backgrounds and writing practice, creating a project that was rich in cultural exchange as well as practical strategies for writing development. Crossing Borders created a new, international community of writers who communicated through the development of new writing to share their knowledge and experience.