OPEN CALL: Host a residency with an Emirati writer

Apply now to host an Emirati writer in residence

The British Council is offering a grant to enable a UK literature festival, organisation or university to host writer in residence from the United Arab Emirates (specifically a writer or book illustrator/graphic novelist) in 2019-20. Through the residency we seek to:

• Develop audiences for literature from UAE in the UK

• Offer an opportunity for the international career development of an Emirati writer


The opportunity

We are offering a grant of £4500 to UK literature festivals, organisations and universities to host a writer, or book illustrator or graphic novelist from the United Arab Emirates in 2019-20.

The British Council literature team can work closely with you to provide advice on different aspects of international working with the UAE, such as the visa process, issuing invitations, working with translation etc. Flight bookings, visas and accommodation should all be arranged by the residency host.

The participating writer from the UAE will be selected in consultation with the Sharjah Book Authority, British Council UAE and the successful residency hosting partner to ensure the writer is well-matched to the opportunity. This may be by open call or via direct invitation.

Download more information and how to apply

Letters of application should be emailed to the British Council Literature team ( before the deadline of midnight 31 August 2019



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