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Nanjing International Writers Residency 2022 – Open Call

Nanjing is offering 6 virtual residencies in 2022 to writers, poets and translators from all UNESCO Cities of Literature.

Nanjing International Writers Residency makes a lasting bridge for the city’s literary community to develop mutual understanding with its international counterparts. This yearly program was initiated early 2019 and has hosted 18 writers, poets and translators from the subnetwork. The program turned virtual since the COVID outbreak in 2020.

Nanjing boasts a literary tradition of over 1800 years. The city served as China’s capital for about 400 years across six dynasties. Its heritages left from those dynasties and its diversified culture today have all contributed to its role as a “most luring destination” for inbound travelers to China.

The Theme

The theme for 2022 program is “Rivers and Literature”. Rivers across the world have made significant contributions to culture and civilization, making themselves a lasting topic for literary creation. Waterways may serve as origins for literary imagination. They may turn into a protagonist in the literary works. And on many occasions they are carriers of literary stories, making cultural communication fluid and far-reaching.

With “Rivers and Literature” as the theme for Nanjing Reisdency 2022, we hope that participants may draw inspirations from rivers across the world for their literary creation, and promote literary communication at both local and international levels.

The Timing

Open call for applications: from 19 September till 21 October 2022

Residency lasts from 31 October till 30 November 2022

What We Offer

  • Virtual tours to culture landmarks in Nanjing;
  • A selection of literary activities;
  • Online interactions with Nanjing writers, poets, translators, literary organizations, and students;
  • A stipend of 1200 USD for each selected writer.

What We Expect

Selected paticipants to:

  • Be connected to a UNESCO City of Literature (either a resident or one who works or studies in that city, or has other connections with that city as recognized in writing by a City of Literature office)
  • Have at least three-year experience in writing, or at least one published work ( book in print, all genres acceptable), or have received awards that are recognized by your local literary communities.
  • Be willing to interact with Nanjing’s literary communities, emerging and established writers; as well as to partake in local literary activities;
  • Write a piece of work in English (no less than 1000 words, or 50 lines in poetry) that is inspired by the one-month virtual residency, or translate Chinese stories, poems or proses into English; (All the virtual writers will retain the copyrights of their works. Please understand the works might be used for promotional purpose by Nanjing Literature Center)
  • Be fluent in spoken English, or Chinese;

Documents for application

All applicants to submit:

  • An CV with a passport photo and a life size photo;
  • Extracts from his/her published works;
  • Proof in writing of his/her connection with a City of Literature, when applicable.

Please send all the required materials to the following contacts prior to Friday 21 October 2022.

The Selected Writers 2022 will be announced on Thursday 27 October. 


For further details please contact:

Lilas YUAN

Focal Point for Nanjing UNESCO City of Literature

Director of Nanjing Literature Center

Taotao Wang

Project Manager,

City of Books Podcast Featuring Emily Hourican


One of history’s most famous royal love affairs is threaded through Emily Hourican’s latest novel.

The backdrop to The Other Guinness Girl is the 1936 abdication crisis, when the newly-crowned King Edward VIII surrendered this throne to marry his twice-divorced American lover, Wallis Simpson.

“What was it about her that so compelled the Prince of Wales? Why was he determined to give up everything for her?” asks Emily in the latest episode of the City of Books podcast, sponsored by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

“There is one school of thought that he was just determined to give up everything anyway – she was just the excuse.

“And then there’s the more salacious school: she had some bizarre sexual hold over him. The truth presumably lies somewhere in the middle, as it always does.”

The world was riveted by the abdication crisis, even as it juddered towards war. Wallis, later Duchess of Windsor when she married the former king-emperor who reigned for less than year, was loathed in Britain, says Emily. People were also bewildered by her hold on him.

“Who was Wallis? What was so amazing about her? She was not particularly beautiful, she was not particularly charming or intelligent, she was not particularly young – and yet his devotion to her was completely and utterly unquestioning. It was till death did them part.”

Wallis was spat and jeered at in the street, and sent poison pen letters. “It was the moment at which the fantasy she had been fed, and everybody was colluding in, suddenly came up against reality,” Emily tells City of Books presenter Martina Devlin.

Her novel is the third in a trilogy about the women in the Guinness dynasty, whose members were bright young things in the social set surrounding the prince and Mrs Simpson.

The Other Guinness Girl: A Question of Honour by Emily Hourican is published by Hachette Books Ireland.


Applications open for DCU Writer-in-Residence opportunity

DCU Announces Writer-in-Residence Opportunities

Dublin City University is offering both English and Irish Language Writer in Residence positions.
Dublin City University and the Arts Council have announced two Writer in Residence positions for 2023, for Irish and English-language mid-career and established writers.

From January to December 2023, the Writer in Residence will be supported to engage with students and staff through focused teaching, workshops, mentoring, public events or other activities which bring new energy to the creative writing programme. From July onwards, the writer will be supported to concentrate his or her own practice.

Applications will be considered from writers in all forms including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, graphic fiction, children’s and young adult fiction, and poetry. The writers will be provided with a dedicated writing space during the year, along with other administrative supports. The successful candidates will receive a fee of €30,000.

Visit the Arts Council website to find out more and apply. The closing date for all positions is 5.30pm on Thursday, 29 September 2022.

Local Writers selected for the Irish Writers Centre’s National Mentoring Programme

Local writers Charlotte Buckley, Eoghan Carrick, and Caroline McEvoy have been selected by the Irish Writers Centre to receive professional literary mentoring over the next eight months from acclaimed Irish writers of their choice.

After a national call out, 37 writers have been selected from a total of over three hundred applicants.

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Libraries funded the literary mentorship along with the Arts Council of Ireland to guarantee that the best applicants from the county would be selected. Their support will ensure that the chosen mentees receive this potentially life-changing support free of charge. It is also an investment in the long-term literary reputation of the region.

The mentoring process involves four meetings between the selected ‘mentees’ and their chosen professional writer. In advance of each meeting, the mentor reads up to 10,000 words / 180 lines of poetry of the awarded mentee’s writing, then shares their hard-earned critical feedback and advice.

The Irish Writers Centre’s mission is to support a vibrant and diverse community of writers of all types and talents to develop their craft, capacity and confidence to thrive as a writer in the world. The hope for the National Mentoring Programme is that the chosen mentees will go on to write great works of literature to match or best the quality of their mentors. It’s a form of peer to peer teaching that is increasingly popular in literature, formalizing the process whereby masters pass on their craft to students.

Running since 2017, the programme now has numerous published authors among its alumni, including Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Fiona Scarlett, and Victoria Kennefick to name just a few.

Further details, or direct contacts for the writer or their chosen mentor, can got from Brendan at


Photo Charlotte Buckley

Charlotte Buckley’s poetry has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Ambit, and The Rialto. Her work has been listed for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, the Poetry Book Society’s Women’s Poetry Competition, and the Basil Bunting Poetry Award. She lives in Dublin where she is doing a PhD in ecofeminist poetry.






Photo Eoghan Carrick


Eoghan Carrick is a theatre and opera maker working in Ireland and internationally. He works on new and established texts with a focus on innovative interpretations and interdisciplinary collaboration. His prose poem A History of Multiplying was published in the Spring 2022 Belfield Literary Review.






Photo Caroline Mc Evoy

Caroline has published short stories, flash fiction and non-fiction in The Guardian, Crossways, State of Matter, A New Ulster and Flash Fiction Magazine. She has a PhD in political science from Trinity College Dublin and has written articles for several academic publications, including an award winning article for the Journal of Common Market Studies. Caroline is currently finishing her MA in creative writing at DCU where she is working on her first novel. 





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Twitter: @IrishWritersCtr

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About the Irish Writers Centre:

As the leading support and development organisation for writers since 1991, the Irish Writers Centre carries out its work, online and in person, on an all island basis. The Centre works with writers of all types and talents, and actively encourages writers from all communities to engage in creative writing. It provides many ways and means for them to develop their skill, advance their ambitions and join a vibrant and diverse community of people who share their passion and purpose.

The IWC is also a membership organisation, always seeking new opportunities for members to grow as writers and to connect with each other through IWC programmes and supports.

Quotes from previous recipients:

“It has been a very positive experience for me and I am a lot more confident about my story now. Without it, I would have found it very difficult to return to the book, as I had spent so much time on it previously and I simply didn’t know what to do with it. Knowing that my mentor was expecting work by certain deadlines really concentrated my mind and pushed me forward.”

“It’s particularly helpful to have someone engage with your work critically and interrogate not just the MS but your intentions as author. I feel I’m being forced to address issues I took for granted before, which I think is a good thing to do before I start the journey to publication.”

“I expected to focus on the words, but virtually all of my effort has gone into structure and

character. I have been encouraged to develop a more global perspective on the work, while also attending to minute details about character and narrative voice.”

“The experience so far has been invaluable: having thorough, focused attention on my work has enhanced my knowledge, especially at this point in my writing journey.”

Contact: Laura McCormack, Irish Writers Centre Communications Officer

t: (+353) 1 872 1302 | e:

Direct contacts for writers or their chosen mentors, can got from Brendan Mac Evilly at

City of Books Podcast featuring Cristín Leach



Happily ever afters don’t have to involve a fairy tale wedding followed by staying together for the sake of the children, come what may, says début author Cristín Leach.

The art critic speaks candidly about her marriage breakdown in her memoir, Negative Space, featured in the latest episode of the City of Books podcast sponsored by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

A text message with distressing information pinging onto her phone marked the beginning of the end for her relationship. “The book takes you (the reader) to places that are very vulnerable and very personal and some of it is uncomfortable to put down on the page,” Cristín tells podcast host Martina Devlin.

“I didn’t want it to be a bitter or an angry book. When my marriage ended initially there was anger, there was bitterness, there was sadness, there was grief.”

The mother-of-two says she couldn’t have written the book around the time of her 2018 divorce, but she was able to put the story into words when she was in a more positive place in the aftermath.

“I couldn’t have written it unless I’m at a point where l’m not bitter and angry and sad any more – I can see it as a beginning. That moment of shock and fear and panic was the beginning of me starting to figure out how to live a different life. A marriage ending doesn’t have to be the end.”

With memoir, Cristín stresses it’s important to know which part of the story is yours to tell. She says she realised she didn’t have to reveal every single detail of key moments in her life because readers would fill in any blanks they needed. But she was obliged to share enough so that people were in the story with her.

Elsewhere on City of Books, Cristin, who writes about art for the Sunday Times, says: “I don’t feel that there’s any one reading for a work of art. Everyone who encounters music poetry books paintings films brings themselves to it. There’s something shared when we all encounter it.”

Negative Space by Cristín Leach is published by Merrion Press


Virtual Writer In Residence

Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature is now open for applications for their virtual writers in residence program

They will be placing writers from our sister Cities of Literature in 10 organisations across Melbourne, and Victoria this November. Writers resident in any of the UNESCO Cities of Literature can apply.

Each writer in residence will be connected with their selected organisation and will  be required to produce agreed upon content for the organisation.

This content will be any three of the following (or three of just one of the following):

  • a workshop

  • a written piece

  • an appearance/ panel

  • a social media takeover

The residency will also include opportunities for meetings with all the writers in residence, introductions to all organisations and facilitated further connections with Melbourne as a City of Literature.

Virtual writers in residence will be paid AUD$2000 and retain all copyright for their work.

Jump on the hashtag #VirtualWriterinResidence to see what last years cohort did!

Deadline: 28th August



Heaney-Milosz Literary Residency in Krakow, Poland

Heaney-Miłosz Residency – a new literary Residency programme launched on 6 July in Krakow, Poland, by the Estate of Seamus Heaney, the Embassy of Ireland in Poland and Krakow Festival Office (KBF). This Residency will take place for a period of 4-6 weeks in autumn 2023 at the former apartment of one of Poland’s most renowned writers and Nobel Laureate, Czesław Miłosz, in Krakow. 

The Residency is open to early to mid-career writers, who are focussed on creative writing, including poetry in particular.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

– Be resident on the island of Ireland.

– Provide evidence of work previously published, available in English

 The following would also be considered desirable for applicants:

– Good knowledge of and/or interest in Poland or Central and Eastern Europe more broadly.


The Residency aims to celebrate the friendship between Seamus Heaney and Czesław Miłosz, by providing the time and space for an early to mid-career writer, based in Ireland, to develop their writing.  

The Call for Applications and the Application form are now open and available here:. Heaney-Miłosz Residency in Kraków | Poland – Literary residencies (

Applications are open until 30 September 2022, with the selected writer to be announced in December.


City of Books Podcast Featuring Catherine Dunne and Lia Mills

Photo of book covers, Catherine Dunne and Lia Milla


“Fiction sometimes unearths truths – and truths we’re not even aware of knowing,” says novelist Catherine Dunne.

She’s talking about her novel, A Name For Himself, and Lia Mills’s novel Another Alice, reissued in new editions as part of the Arlen House Classic Literature. Both were published originally in the 1990s, but their themes of coercive control and an abused childhood remain relevant today.

Lia Mills tells the City of Books podcast, hosted by Martina Devlin, why she wrote her book as fiction rather than a non-fiction work. “Fiction can change us.,” she says. “It’s an education in empathy – setting aside what you think you know and experiencing what another person is experiencing.”

For Catherine, it’s a question of understanding something more instinctively when it’s read as fiction. “A newspaper report can tell you the facts of the case but paradoxically fiction gets to the truth of the case. I think fiction allows us to go into all those dark corners and explore them in a way people understand the emotional truth. I remember someone saying that a good novel is neurologically the closest we can get to being present in a situation.”

Both writers, who are close friends, also talk about their favourite books by one another. Also featured in the Arlen House classics series is work by Kate O’Brien, Annie Smithson and Marian Thérèse Keyes.

City of Books is sponsored by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.



Granada UNESCO City of Literature International Writers in Residence Programme 2022

Granada UNESCO City of Literature invites applications for its Writer in Residency programme open to writers anywhere.


They are offering one month’s stay (30 nights) in Granada for two writers, between November 3 and December 2, 2022, at the Corrala de Santiago of the University of Granada.

Granada UNESCO City of Literature will cover the travelling expenses of each of the writers selected.

The University of Granada will arrange and cover the costs of accommodation for the two writers. Each will have their own room with full board at the university’s hall of residence for visitors (Corrala de Santiago).

Granada UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Granada will provide the writers in residence with opportunities to participate in the city’s literary life, arranging contacts with local writers, involvement in workshops, teaching activities, and so on.

Closing Date 1st September 2022

Dates of Residency: 3rd November to 2nd Decemeber 2022.

Criteria and application form at the following link

Writer in Residence Opportunity in Prague


The Prague City of Literature project offers residencies for foreign writers and translators. There are six residences available for 2023, each lasting two months.

Prague City of Literature pays the resident a return ticket, provides free accommodation and a scholarship of CZK 15,000 (approx. EUR 600) per month.

Do you have a breathtaking project that you would like to work on during your stay in Prague?

Sign up now!

Deadline: Wednesday 31 August 2022, 12:00 CET.