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Three Irish authors shortlisted for EU Prize for Literature 2015
The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is awarded annually since 2009. The three Irish authors that have made the shortlist for the prize are Mary Costello (Academy Street), Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart) and Deirdre Sullivan (Primperfect). The prize focuses on new emerging writers.
The aim of the EUPL is to highlight the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and encourage greater interest in non-national literary work. The €5,000 prize is an initiative of the European Union as part of the Creative Europe programme. It is open to all of the countries participating in the programme on a rotational basis. The selected countries in 2015 are Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden. A winner from each country will be announced at the London Book Fair on 14 April 2015.
The winning authors are selected by qualified juries set up in each of the countries. The Irish jury members are Conor Kostick (former Chairperson of the Irish Writers’ Union, board member of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and author of 14 books of fiction and history); Fergal Tobin (former publishing director of Ireland’s largest publishing house for over 20 years and president of the Federation of European Publishers from 2010 to 2012); Nessa O’Mahoney (who has published four volumes of poetry including a verse novel); Stephen Boylan (books category manager for Eason’s, Ireland’s largest suppliers of books in Ireland and book reviewer for RTE) and Louise Phillips (bestselling and award winning author).
More information on the European Prize for Literature can be found here.
Liveurope website launches
The Liveurope platform was supported in 2014 under the European Platforms strand of Creative Europe. Liveurope is coordinated by Ancienne Belgique and is supported by multiple European partners.
This is the first European initiative supporting concert venues in their efforts to promote up and coming European artists. Through the Liveurope Platform, Ancienne Belgique and its European partners will promote hundreds of new artists from all across Europe.
The Liveurope website serves as a multimedia hub with concert details, news and information on all the venues in the platform.
Please see the Liveurope website for more information: http://www.liveurope.eu/
Spotlight on EU funded culture project ‘Weather Stations’
The Weather Stations project received €200,000 under the EU Culture Programme 2007 – 2013. The funding was awarded under Strand 1.3.5 Cooperation Projects with Third Countries.
The Irish partner is Tallaght Community Arts. The overall co-ordinating partner is Free Word in London, alongside co-partners the Berlin International Literary Festival in Germany, Political Critique in Poland and The Wheeler Centre in Australia.
The 18 month project will create opportunities for scientists, writers, philosophers, economists and the public to question, debate and imagine how, in the context of climate change, we might live our lives differently.
The Dublin Substation is co-produced by Tallaght Community Arts and Collective Action. The members of the arts and science learning substation that place literature and storytelling at the heart of conversations around climate change. The members of the substation are second-level students and teachers from Coláiste de hÍde, Firhouse Community College and Mount Seskin Community College.
The substation will collaborate with Irish illustrator and author Oisín McGann who will work with the young people to explore how literature can inspire new ways of living in the context of climate change.
You can read more about the Weather Stations project on their website: http://www.globalweatherstations.com
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Call for offers: Next Generation Placements mobility program
The International Association of Theatre for Children and YoungPeople (ASSITEJ) presents the third addition of the Next Generation Placements mobility programme.
This is a global exchange between young, emerging and experienced theatre artists and theatre makers from around the world. Theatre makers provide a placement and host a young, or emerging international artist. The length and conditions of the placement can vary.
ASSITEJ will broker contact with the artist and in special cases support the placement financially. Placements can be offered by filling out the online Placement OFFERS form here. The deadline for applications is 10 April 2015.
Here are some examples provided by ASSITEJ of host organisations for the Next Generation Placements program:
- Professional theatre in the field of theatre for young audiences
- Theatre festival
- Local festival
- Organisers of an international workshop, training programme or conference
You can read more on the ASSITEJ website here.
European Cultural Foundation: Call for Idea Camp
The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has an open call for their Idea Camp with a deadline of 13 April 2015.
The Idea Camp is founded on the principles of free and open culture. Chosen participants should be prepared to share their ideas with a wider audience and to take part in public discussions.
The theme of this year’s Idea Camp is Build the City. Build the City “is about people creating sustainable cities through social cooperation and active participation with culture at its heart. It is about applying the principles and ethics of the commons to the transformation of the city, its communities and its economy.”
The ECF will choose 50 ideas from the applications received and the selected recipients will be invited to the Idea Camp, which takes place in Sweden from the 22 – 25 September. After the camp there will be an updated call for development projects from the 50 ideas and 25 ideas will receive a R&D grant of €10,000.
Please visit the ECF’s Idea Camp page here for further info.