This autumn Tartu will host the third writer-in-residence of the City of Literature international residency program, the Hungarian writer, cultural journalist and translator Gabi Csutak.
Her collection of short stories Csendélet sárkánnyal (Still Life with Dragon), JAK-Prae, Budapest, 2017) reflects her childhood experience during the last years of Romanian state socialism and portrays the absurdities of dictatorship. „Gabi Csutak is a keen poetical observer who perceives the complex history as well as the recent changes and the intensity of the present times in the urban spaces of Central and Eastern Europe. Her interest in the "alternative Tartu", our street art and the secret places of the city are also a welcome contribution to our journey towards becoming the European Capital of Culture 2024,“ said Berk Vaher, the chairman of Tartu Department of the Estonian Writers Union.
The residency program, open to all writers and translators (translating from Estonian to other languages) from across the world, is part of the action plan of Tartu as UNESCO City of Literature and has been inspired by our partners in the network, especially Prague and Kraków where such progmmes have been succesfully implemented. The autumn call for applications 2018 was announced in early August and Tartu City of Literature Office received 21 applications from both writers and translators from across the world. The applications were evaluated by a committee of four: Berk Vaher (Estonian Writers Union), Krista Ojasaar (Estonian Literary Museum), Janika Kronberg (Karl Ristikivi Society), and Marja Unt (Estonian Literary Society/Tartu City of Literature Office).
The residency program, supported by the City Government of Tartu, was lainched in 2017 and the previous residents have been Andrej Tomažin from Ljubljana, Slovenia and Darran Anderson fom Ireland. The next call will be announced in February 2018.
Estonian Literary Society / Tartu City of Literature Office