Tartu has selected the essayist and culture critic Darran Anderson as the next writer-in-residence of Tartu City of Literature Residency Program
In May and June Tartu will host the second writer-in-residence of the City of Literature international residency program, the Irish essayist, author of the book Imaginary Cities Darran Anderson. „Darran Anderson's poetic writing combines deep cultural and literary knowledge with courageous thought in imagining the present and future opportunities of the urban space. His book Imaginary Cities has attracted international attention and we are very happy to see his interest in Tartu and Estonia. He will be a welcome partner on Tartu's 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 features interwiews with the writer-in-residence as well as public events; Darran Anderson will also be one of the keynote speakers at the thematic presentation of Tartu International Literary Festival Prima Vista 2018 that this year bears the subtitle The Sound of Future.
The residency program, open to all writers and translators (translating from Estonian to other languages) from across the world, is part of the activity 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 2018 first call for applications was announced in February and the committee was once again delighted by the diversity and commitment of the applicants: there were 18 candidates althogether, among them writers of prose, poetry and drama as well as translators. The cultural background of the candidates was diverse – there were applicants from Finland, Latvia and Lithuania as well as from Australia, Africa, and U.S. 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 was first announced in July 2017 and during October-November Tartu was honored to host the first writer-in-residence, Andrej Tomažin from Ljubljana, Slovenia, who will visit Tartu again already in May during Tartu International Literature Festival Prima Vista. In 2018 the residency program is organised twice – the call for the autumn residency period will be announced in July.
Estonian Literary Society / Tartu City of Literature Office