Culture News, 03/03/2019

Kharkiv Literary Residency Broadens Scope

On February 22, Kharkiv Literary Residency–2019 open call was announced by the Ukrainian branch of the International PEN Club and the Kharkiv Regional State Administration for applications.

This year, four monthly Kharkiv literary residencies are planned to be held in spring, summer, fall and winter.  As residency participants, there will be selected two Ukrainian prose writers, one Ukrainian translator and one foreign author. Available dates for residents in various categories will start on May 1 and finish on November 30.

Applications for participation in four residencies are available from February 22 to April 8, 2019. Names of the 2019 residents will be announced on April 15, 2019.

The criterion for participants is to have at least three printed books at the time of applying.

The residents will have the opportunity to stay in Kharkiv for a month to work on their prose, as well as to explore the city, including its history and culture.

The Kharkiv Literary Residence for Ukrainian prose writers was founded last year by the International PEN Club and the Kharkiv Regional State Administration to support writers, as well as to promote Kharkiv and its culture in Ukraine and worldwide.

Last year’s Residency took place on November 15 – December 15. Overall, 11 Ukrainian writers applied for participation. The jury chose Luba-Paraskeviya Strynadyuk, a writer and translator from the Ivano-Frankivsk region, as a resident.

While staying in Kharkiv, she was able to find out a few interesting facts for her future book about Hnat Khotkevych. He was a Ukrainian writer, ethnographer, playwright, folklorist, publicist and historian who was born in the village of Vysokyi, the Kharkiv region, where a manor-house named after him is located. Luba-Paraskeviya had an opportunity to work with archival documents and talk to researchers of the artist’s works.

This year, the project has broadened the scope and four residents will be chosen by the jury which includes famous Ukrainian authors Serhii Zhadan and Andrii Kurkov, translator and literary critic Alla Tatarenko,  poet, writer, journalist and translator Oleh Kotsarev and Oksana Lutsyshyna, a writer, poet and translator.

The project’s coordinator is Tetiana Teren, a journalist and curator of literary projects and programs and its curator is Tetiana Pylypchuk, deputy director of Kharkiv Literary Museum’s development.

According to Tetiana Pylypchuk, Literary Residency aims to show the continuity of cultural traditions in Kharkiv and present the city and the region to participants from various parts of Ukraine and overseas. The residents will be able to experience Kharkiv from the inside and become Ukraine’s advocates in the future as artists are the best advocates of the country.

Everyone who is going to take part in the contest can send applications to an email: kharkiv.residence(at)

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: Nakipelo