'You need a big network all over the world.' Photo by m-louis under Creative Commons licence.

'You need a big network all over the world.' Photo by m-louis under Creative Commons licence.

'You need a big network all over the world.' Photo by m-louis under Creative Commons licence.

Business success in the creative sector need not be elusive. Three alumni of our Young Creative Entrepreneur programme, which has been recognising and nurturing young creative talent in the UK and abroad for ten years, share their tips.

'For creative-minded people, Istanbul is a treasure. It’s full of stories waiting to be told, truths waiting to be uncovered.' Photo of novelist Elif Shafak by Chris Boland under Creative Commons licence.

'For creative-minded people, Istanbul is a treasure. It’s full of stories waiting to be told, truths waiting to be uncovered.' Photo of novelist Elif Shafak by Chris Boland under Creative Commons licence.

'For creative-minded people, Istanbul is a treasure. It’s full of stories waiting to be told, truths waiting to be uncovered.' Photo of novelist Elif Shafak by Chris Boland under Creative Commons licence.

Best-selling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak spoke to the British Council's Ted Hodgkinson about how her global perspective has influenced her hugely successful fiction, ahead of a live-streamed discussion in Manchester on Wednesday 19 November, on how travel inspires new writing.

'You can’t be a great singer unless the sound you make is your own, and to make something your own, you have to understand and believe the words that are coming out of your mouth.' Photo by Armando G Alonso on Flickr / CC

'To make something your own, you have to understand and believe the words that are coming out of your mouth.' Photo by Armando G Alonso on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'You can’t be a great singer unless the sound you make is your own, and to make something your own, you have to understand and believe the words that are coming out of your mouth.' Photo by Armando G Alonso on Flickr / CC

What can songs teach us about a language? Richard Stokes, Professor of Lieder at the UK’s Royal Academy of Music, talked to Ellie Buchdahl of Education UK about teaching the wonder of language through music.

'My interpretation of God? He would be like a beautifully turned-up barman in a bar.' Photo courtesy of Russian TV show 'Vecherniy Urgant'

'My interpretation of God? He would be like a beautifully turned-up barman in a bar.' Photo courtesy of Russian TV show 'Vecherniy Urgant'

'My interpretation of God? He would be like a beautifully turned-up barman in a bar.' Photo courtesy of Russian TV show 'Vecherniy Urgant'

Ralph Fiennes needs no introduction. The director and actor has been promoting his new film The Invisible Woman at the New British Film Festival, which is on in three Russian cities until 9 November 2014. The British Council's Anna Safronova related questions from our Facebook fans in

David Nicholls is a best-selling writer of fiction who has also worked as an actor, script editor and author of screenplays. Photo by Kristofer Samuelsson, Hodder & Stoughton.

David Nicholls is a best-selling writer of fiction who has also worked as an actor, script editor and author of screenplays. Photo by Kristofer Samuelsson, Hodder & Stoughton.

David Nicholls is a best-selling writer of fiction who has also worked as an actor, script editor and author of screenplays. Photo by Kristofer Samuelsson, Hodder & Stoughton.

David Nicholls, who was recently long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for his latest novel Us, is on a reading tour of Germany until 24 October, supported by the British Council. In this article written on a train journey from Munich to Hamburg, the writer shares his current cultural highlights.