Residency opportunities

Visible Communities residencies for literary translators

We are offering two short residencies in 2022 in the Dragon Hall Cottage in Norwich, with the support of the Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust, as part of the Visible Communities programme.

The two residencies are open to UK-based Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse literary translators working from any language into English. We are particularly interested in collaborating with literary translators and writers who translate from or have some knowledge of the diaspora and heritage language communities within the UK.

Each residency will offer:

  • Two weeks of time to translate
  • The opportunity to meet other writers and translators in Norwich
  • A zoom meeting with one of our mentors, Meena Kandasamy and Sawad Hussain, who will give feedback on your work as well as professional development advice
  • The opportunity to produce commissioned content for NCW’s digital platforms

Each residency will run for two weeks; possible months are May, June, September or December 2022. The deadline for applications is Monday 21 March.

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Translation in Motion residencies

The National Centre for Writing is delighted to partner with the RECIT network and the Translation in Motion consortium to offer a month-long residency in Norwich in March 2023 to two literary translators working from English into the languages of the countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia).

Please see the RECIT website for details of residency opportunities in the Western Balkans: Belgrade (Serbia), Cetinje (Montenegro), Skopje (Macedonia), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tirana (Albania). These residencies are open to UK and EU translators working from the languages of the Western Balkans into English.

Deadline for all applications is Wednesday 30 March 2022.

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Kraków UNESCO City of Literature

The Residency Program is a partnership between by Kraków Festival Office, operator of the Kraków UNESCO City of Literature program, and the Villa Decius Institute for Culture.

The residency program is dedicated to all emerging writers, and poets having at least one published book working currently on a writing project and willing to learn more about the Polish literary community. Selected writers will be offered a two-month stay between 1 June – 31 August. Residents will stay at the Villa Decius, official partner of the project with years of experience running international residencies, including the Visegrad Literary Residency and the ICORN residency program.

The deadline for applications is Monday 4 April.

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Literary Residencies: open calls for writers and translators

‘Literary residencies’ is a Facebook group open for all of the writers and translators who are looking for interesting proposals of travels, creative spaces or houses for work and institutions offering such programmes. This group is a place for exchanging information about literary residency open calls and sharing your experiences and views concerning participation in various residency projects.

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