Epic Residencies

Project facts

Project promoter:
Klub národnostných menšín a Pamätná Izba Sándora Máraiho(SK)
Project Number:
In implementation
Initial project cost:
Donor Project Partners:
Gunnar Gunnarsson Institute(IS)
The Writers Union of Iceland(IS)
Tou Scene AS(NO)
Other Project Partners
Centre for Information on Literature(SK)

More information


The project’s main goal is the creation of the new literary residency centre in the city of Košice, housed in the childhood home of the writer Sándor Márai. New literary residency centre will be committed to supporting the work not only of established authors, but also young and marginalised voices, supporting women writers, writers who are mothers/parents/carers, writers from underprivileged circumstances, LGBTQ+ writers, writers from minorities, and also those working in non-mainstream genres, such as experimental poetry or writing for performance. The project also aims at the sharing of experience and learning between the participating organisations and developing the specific professional skills for the management of residency centres. The project also contributes to improvement of the exchanges of the contemporary literatures and writing (in various languages, including in minority languages) and to the wider cultural exchange. A key part of the project are the residency centres’ arts and educational events for the general public and specific target groups. Additionally, project increases the joy and engagement with contemporary literature in various audiences, including those traditionally without access to it. Project also intensifies sensitivity and critical thinking of these audiences vis-a-vis intolerance and xenophobia, which seems to be currently on the rise. As an integral part of this project  an educational programme and series of workshops will be established and realized for children and youth from minorities to encourage them to engage in creative writing. In Slovakia, workshops on creative writing and critical reading for young people from Košice’s Roma community will be realized. This will be organised in co-operation with Palikerav, a Romany youth literary platform that organises reading and discussion groups for Roma teenagers in Košice. In Iceland, we will hold creative writing workshops for young people from Iceland’s Slovak community.

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