Writers in Residence Programme

The Literary Residence Programme “Reading Balkans 2020” is a part of the project Reading Balkans: Borders vs. Frontiers which is a continuation of the project Reading Balkans that was supported by Creative Europe in 2017. This time we have put in the focus topics of borders and cooperation with refugee writers – at the time when old wounds from Balkan Wars have not yet been healed, the question of our borders still not solved, new politics of fear and nationalism is built when refugees are crossing our region (and actual border walls are built as well) – through our activities we want to work on dialogue, debate and deeper understanding of our actual problems.

The Literary Residency within the Reading Balkans Programme is a cooperation of the Publishing House Goga (SI), Goten Publishing (MK), Udruženje Krokodil (SRB), Udruga Kurs (CRO), Poeteka (AL), Qendra Multimedia (Kosovo), PEN Centre (BIH), Traduki and other partners. The Reading Balkans project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The Programme is open to welcome fiction writers, poets, essayists and playwrights from Southeast Europe (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia). We are paying particular attention to writers who are innovative and who in their works deal with contemporary themes and topics. We will enable the participation of writers of all ages and sexes with a common criterion: that their works reflect the importance of dialogue to fight nationalism and intolerance.

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