Wrocław Literature House announced the names of writers who will participate in the literary artist-in-residence programme at Broumov Monastery

One-month stays of three Polish writers are the first artist-in-residence programme organized by Wrocław Literature House, in cooperation with Czech Literary Centre. The stays for this autumn were awarded to Joana Lech, Jędrzej Morawiecki and Tomasz Majeran.

The Polish-Czech literary artist-in-residence programme at Broumov Monastery is a continuation and development of a similar Czech-German project implemented between April and June 2018. Altogether, the joint activities once again establish Broumov, a small historic town located in the Sudetes, as a meeting point for the cultures of the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany.

Wrocław Literature House selected three Polish author from 26 applicants. In September, the Literary House at Broumov Monastery will be hosting Joanna Lech, poet and prose writer, in October – Jędrzej Morawiecki, author of reportages, and in November – Tomasz Majeran, author of poetry and prose.

The Polish-Czech residencies will be organized between September and November 2018. During each of the three one-months sessions, one Polish and one Czech author will stay at the Literary House located in the Broumov Monastery garden. The stays are co-financed by Broumov Monastery Educational and Cultural Centre, which provides also logistic support for the residents.

The names of Czech authors who will stay in Broumov were also announced: poet Ladislav Zedník, prose writer and filmmaker Pavel Göbl and prose writer Iva Pekárková.

During the residency, the selected authors will work on their own projects, and they will also creatively participate in the general idea for the residencies: "Before the border, beyond the border”.

Residents’ bios:

Joanna Lech – poet and prose writer, also a journalist. Her first volume of poetry, Zgniłość, was published in 2009 and received a special award for debut in the 10th edition of the PTWK Literary Competition. Her following poetry books, Trans, Nawroty and Piosenki pikinierów were also well received and awarded. Her poems were translated into English, German, Czech and Ukrainian. The novel Sztuczki, published in 2016, was nominated to Nike and Gdynia 2017 awards. Her second novel, Kokon, will be published soon. Currently, she’s working on another novel, Pętle. She participated in international festivals: Book Forum Lviv in Ukraine and the literary marathon Once Upon a Deadline in Southend, England. She was also the recipient of two creative scholarships in Kraków – for poetry and short story.

Jędrzej Morawiecki – prose writer and journalist. He holds Ph.D. degrees in Slavic philology and sociology. Between 1998 and 2008, he was associated with Tygodnik Poewszechny weekly, he published also in Polityka, National Geographic, Gazeta Wyborcza and Rzeczpospolita and he cooperated with Polish Radio 1 and 3, as well as BBC Polish Section. He is one or the originators of Znaczenia semi-annual published by the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Wrocław. He writes reportages and academic books. In 2011, his collection of reportages Łuskanie światła was nominated to Beata Pawlak Award, and he received this award a year later for the book Krasnojarsk zero ¬– written together with Bartosz Jastrzębski. Morawiecki is also the winner of a Special Award of the Polish Filmmakers’ Association for his documentary Syberyjski przewodnik.

Tomasz Majeran – poet, prose writer and literary critic. He debuted in 1990 in Odra sociocultural monthly. He received awards in literary competitions (including brulion and Czas Kultury). In 1995, he received creative scholarship by Nowy Nurt. When Wisława Szymborska was awarded the Herder Prize, he received a year-long scholarship at the University of Vienna. In 2006, he received a grant from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He publishes in, among others, Nowy Nurt, Odra, Twórczość and Gazeta Wyborcza. His works were translated into English, German, Spanish, Slovakian and Hungarian. Currently, he is working on a journal of his journey to Spanish Galicia. He travelled there on foot, and on the way he wrote hundreds of very short stories.

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