SWEDEN: THE WRITERS’ CENTRE WEST
Writers’ Centre West was established in 1974 and includes members from the regions Västra Götaland, Halland and Värmland. We organize various literary events for the public, including the Forum for poetry and prose, the leading live stage for literature in Sweden. The association is also an active partner in discussing various issues related to literature. It can be everything from freedom of speech to protection of local libraries. We are part of a nationwide network of Writer’s Centres.
Newcastle: New writing north
New Writing North supports writing and reading in the North of England. We commission new work, create development opportunities, nurture talent and make connections. We work with new writers and seek out talent across the North of England. We also work with established writers, often in ways that allow them the freedom to experiment and grow creatively. We are inspired by new ideas and commission new writing across all forms. We work to nurture the next generation of writers.
REYKJAVÍK: UNESCO City of Literature
The City of Reykjavik was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature in August 2011, the fifth city in the world and the first non-native English speaking city to receive the honorary title. The title is permanent. UNESCO Cities of Literature are part of the larger UNESCO Creative Cities Network, of which Reykjavik was the 29th member. Since then, the Network has grown and will continue to do so.
Tórshavn – The Nordic House
The Nordic House is a cultural institution under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The house was built in 1983 and has ever since been active as a Nordic cultural venue with a diverse programme activity, including all art forms and targeting all age and interest groups.
PRTICIPATING AUTHORS AND ARTISTS
In Newcastle the prose authors and essayists Mattias Hagberg (SE), Oddfríður Rasmussen (FO), Michael Chaplin (UK) and Haukur Ingvarsson (IS) met the Northern Stars Documentary Academy. They created a short film about authorship, writing and the work during the residential week. Texts: Mattias Hagberg – Fragments of Imaginary Seas Haukur Ingvarsson – The collapse About Read more about Newcastle[…]
The children and young adult writers Mark Illis (UK), Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir (IS), Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs (FO) and Stefan Larsson (SE) met in Gothenburg. Together with the scriptwriter and director Johanna Pyykkö they created the artistic short film Stepping Stones. Texts: Stepping Stones – all the texts in English Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs, Faroese language Read more about Gothenburg[…]
In Reykjavík, the poets Degna Stone (UK), Hanna Wikman (SE), Trygvi Danielsen (FO) and Jonas Reynir Gunnarsson (IS) artist María Dalberg met. After the residential week, Dalberg created an artistic short film based on the authors’ readings, where photographs and drawings co-operate with the authors’ four different languages. Texts: Degna Stone – Vörður Trygvi Danielsen Read more about Reykjavík[…]
The children and young adult writers Gunnar Helgason (IS), Laura Steven (UK), Rakel Helmsdal (FO), Hanna Jedvik (SE) and the artist Brandur Patursson (FO) met in Tórshavn. Together they created a visual artwork that was presented at the Literature Festival Book Days and this short film based on the four different languages. Texts: Read more about Tórshavn[…]