Lead partner: Slovene Writers’ Association (Slovenia)
Year funded: 2012
Funding strand: Strand 1.2.1. Cooperation projects
Amount awarded: €199,656 (50% of the budget)
Project start date: Sept 2012
Project end date: May 2014
The project Crossroads of European Literature is aimed at stimulating production of transnational literary works either by presenting foreign literature in translation and live readings or by enabling authors to write in a foreign environment, thus bringing the latter and their own background and experience into creative dialogue.
These issues will be addressed at three renowned literary festivals in different parts of Europe that have a long tradition of exchanging ideas, literary works and artists on a European and global level: Vilenica Festival (Slovenia), Pordenonelegge (Italy) and Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Ireland). A number of literary readings, gala events, authors’ exchange, discussions, meetings between cultural mediators and authors, and workshops will be organised.
A series of workshops for professionals and residencies for authors will be organised at partners’ festivals. Workshops will bring together European publishers, translators, critics and authors for lively presentations and exchange of texts. Literary critics will present and argue their selection of works to be translated in foreign languages. Festivals will provide sample translations and a possibility for literary professionals to meet the authors. Publishers will be given information about possible ways of co-financing from different sources, national and international.
Partner festivals will present themselves at each other’s events by means of short residencies for authors. Writers will be invited to come and write in a foreign environment and thus bring foreign influence to their literature. In this way we will directly stimulate a creation of transnational works of art.
‘Crossroads gave us an opportunity to work with talented curators and arts organisers in Europe toward a shared artistic vision. The collaboration resulted in new friendships, a deepening of our understanding of transnational literature, and a growth in our own professional skills and abilities.’
Dani Gill, Director, Cúirt
Irish organisation profile
Cúirt is an international literary event that takes place annually in the west of Ireland. Cúirt will be 29 years old in 2014 and continues to grow and develop toward its 30th anniversary. The Cúirt festival programme comprises six days of readings, book launches, discussion events, youth events, music, spoken word, theatre and outreach.