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Project Type
Literature across frontiers
Irish Partner
Galway Arts Centre / Cúirt Festival

Mercator Centre, Abertstwyth University Wales (UK); Inizjamed, MT Het Beschrijf (BE), Institut Ramon Llull (ES), Biedriba “Latvian Literature Centre” (LV), Center za Slovensko Knjizevnost (SI), Slovene Writers’ Association (SI)

Funding Strand
Strand 1.1 Multi-Annual Cooperation Projects
Year Funded
Funding Amount

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Literature Across Frontiers (LAF), the European Platform for Literary Exchange, Translation and Policy Debate, was established in 2001 with support from the European Union.

Literature Across Frontiers aims to advance European cultural exchange in the field of literature and translation through multilateral cooperation encompassing:

  • policy research and analysis,
  • publications,
  • translator training and skills development,
  • joint participation in international book fairs,
  • literature festivals and other forums,
  • organisation of larger-scale projects, as well as conferences, seminars and workshops,

and to:

  • foster intercultural dialogue through literature and translation within the EU and with third countries, and in particular with EU neighbours in the Mediterranean region;
  • improve access to lesser-known literatures, particularly those written in the less widely-used languages of Europe and those underrepresented in the international arena;
  • encourage greater diversity in international literary events and in the publishing of literature for all age groups;
  • develop innovative approaches to literary creation, promotion, support for translation and training of literary translators working in less widely-used languages;
  • act as a catalyst for new multilateral contacts, collaborations and innovative projects bringing literature into interaction with other art-forms and exploring the social and political role of writing;
  • stimulate debate on relevant policy and financing at national and European level;
  • create opportunities for the exchange of ideas, transfer of skills and knowledge, and sharing of experiences and resources amongst organisations and institutions active in this field.

Irish Partner Profile

Cúirt International Festival of Literature brings readers and writers together to tell stories, share new perspectives and celebrate writing in all forms. They foster a community of readers interested in the world, creating a space for conversation, debate and reflection.

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