Scrabble requires English spelling skills (Image credit: Daniel Greis via Flickr)

Scrabble requires English spelling skills (Image credit: Daniel Greis via Flickr)

Scrabble requires English spelling skills (Image credit: Daniel Greis via Flickr)

This week, brainy American youngsters have been competing in their National Spelling Bee, so what better time to ask Johanna Stirling, author of The Spelling Blog, to share three myths about English spelling from her recent British Council seminar.

Youth workers in the citizenship and diversity workshop (Image credit: Valentini Orfanidou)

Youth workers in the citizenship and diversity workshop (Image credit: Valentini Orfanidou)

Youth workers in the citizenship and diversity workshop (Image credit: Valentini Orfanidou)

From 26 May to 2 June 2013, the sixth annual European Youth Week (EYW2013) is celebrated across Europe. This year’s celebrations have a special focus on citizenship, the European Year of Citizens and 25 years of EU youth programmes. The British Council's Jeremy Barnett reports from a related workshop for youth workers.

Downtown Tripoli (image credit: David Stanley via Flickr)

Downtown Tripoli (image credit: David Stanley via Flickr)

Downtown Tripoli (image credit: David Stanley via Flickr)

Amid bombs and security alerts, the British Council signed an agreement with Libyan officials which we hope will smooth the path of up to 5,000 Libyan scholars due to study in the UK each year. Cherry Gough, British Council Director Libya, reports.

Entrance to Jeremy Deller's English Magic exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2013. Photo: Cristiano Corte

Entrance to Jeremy Deller's English Magic exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2013. Photo: Cristiano Corte

Entrance to Jeremy Deller's English Magic exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2013. Photo: Cristiano Corte

Emma Gifford-Mead, curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and exhibitions organiser for the British Council’s visual arts work, offers an insight into Jeremy Deller's exhibition 'English Magic'.

Attendee of 'The Printmaker' exhibition opening in Macedonia. Image credit: Ivan Blazhev.

Attendee of 'The Printmaker' exhibition opening in Macedonia. Image credit: Ivan Blazhev.

Attendee of 'The Printmaker' exhibition opening in Macedonia. Image credit: Ivan Blazhev.

'The Printmaker' is an exhibition of prints and sculptures by UK artist Henry Moore at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, Macedonia. David Mitchinson, former Head of Collections at the Henry Moore Foundation, explains the artist's view on the relationship between draughtsmanship and sculpture.