Open Call: Host opportunities for international literature residencies

| by Joe White

We are offering two grants to enable UK Literature festivals, organisations or universities to host an international resident in 2018-19. Deadline Friday 9 March 2018.

We are offering two grants to enable UK Literature festivals, organisations or universities to host an international resident (specifically a book illustrator/graphic novelist, writer or literary translator) in 2018-19:

1. International book illustrator in residence

2. International writer or literary translator in residence

We are offering a two grants of £3000 each to UK literature festivals, organisations and universities to host an international (based outside the UK) writer, literary translator or book illustrator or graphic novelist in 2018-19. We encourage applications from those interested in developing an international programme, but have not yet had the opportunity to do so.

The British Council literature team can work closely with you to provide advice on different aspects of international working, such as the visa process, issuing international invitations, identifying writers, working with translation etc. If there is a specific theme, region or language you are interested in, we can usually help make new connections and assist in the selection process via our global networks.

Letters of application should be emailed to the British Council Literature team ( before Friday 9 March, and address the following points:

1. The creative programme you intend to offer the international resident. This includes a profile of the type of resident you’d like to host, an idea of what they might do, who they might meet, whether you expect them to produce any creative work, how you will engage your audiences and ideas for additional partners you might involve. Please include any particular regions or languages that you are interested in, or suggestions of writers if you have them.

2. The logistical programme (how will you manage the residency including the selection, communication and briefing, the practicalities of hosting, translation, fees, accommodation)

3. Why you are applying for this opportunity and what impact do you expect the international residency to have on your work in both the long and short term?

4. What experience do you have in working with international writers or literature in translation (if any), and why do you seek to develop this part of your work?

5 A budget proposal.

Grants will be awarded based on responses to the above and greatest impact potential. We also will prioritise those who have not yet had the opportunity to work internationally.

Activity should take place between April 2018 and March 2019. You will be asked to evaluate the activity against your proposal and submit it as a written report to the British Council within six weeks of completion.

We welcome any questions about this programme before the 9 March deadline. Please write in to and we will respond as soon as possible.

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