Support for writers' travel

Financial support is offered by some national organisations and institutes to cover travel expenses for writers who have been invited to appear at events, residencies and festivals abroad. Event-organisers should either contact national organisations or institute branches based in their own country.

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Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland’s International programme has been designed to develop the skills and expertise of the sector, building knowledge, capacity and networks for the future. We welcome applications from those who are new to international working as well as those with a more established approach. Companies and individuals in receipt of funding are expected to share the outcomes of their work with others.

www.creativescotland.com 

Etxepare Basque Institute (Basque Government)

The Etxepare Basque Institute’s mission is to promote Basque language and culture around the world, including the promotion and support of translations of Basque literature into other languages and collaborations with organisations dedicated to the diffusion of Basque culture.

The EBI issues grants for the promotion of Basque literature, translation of works and travel for writers. Visit http://www.etxepareinstitutua.net for more information.

www.etxepareinstitutua.net

Swedish Arts Council

The Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) is responsible for the allocation of state cultural funding in Sweden.

It runs a support scheme for publishers wishing to publish Swedish literature in translation. It also publishes the magazine New Swedish Books which provides details in English of some of the most interesting recent titles published in Sweden.

The Swedish Arts Council can provide limited funding for international cultural exchange initiatives. Grants are awarded for travel expenses, or, for example, when international artists make guest appearances in Sweden, for hotel and travel expenses within Sweden. Visit the council’s website to find out more.

The council also administers the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children’s literature.

The Romanian Cultural Institute

The Romanian Cultural Institute aims to increase the visibility, prestige and knowledge of Romanian Culture abroad. With offices based in cities around the world, it works as a diplomatic mission, a cultural management unit, an artistic and PR agency and as a centre for research and documentation.

The institutes support Romanian literary projects in each of the countries they are based in. Visit: http://www.icr.ro for more information.

In London the institute aims to publish the best in Romanian literature with the best publishing houses. At the same time, it works to increase the circulation of Romanian names among the British reading public through Romanian events at major British literary festivals, and book fairs such as the London Book Fair. It organises readings, talks, book launches and publishes extracts in literary magazines. Visit http://www.icr-london.co.uk/category/literature.html.

Academia Rossica

Academia Rossica is a cultural organisation set up in 2000 to promote and strengthen cultural and intellectual ties between Russia and the English-speaking world, pioneering intercultural projects and bringing the best of contemporary Russian culture to the outside world. With offices in London and Moscow, Academia Rossica acts as a bridge between these two thriving cultural capitals.

Academia Rossica runs a programme of cultural events, including the London Russian Film Festival and aims to provide a platform for intellectual exchange between Russia and the UK through the Russian Publishers stand at the London Book Fair. Academia Rossica invites contemporary Russian writers and critics for a programme of seminars and discussions during the SLOVO Festival. There are also two literary translation awards presented by Academia Rossica: The Rossica Prize, for the best literary translation from Russian into English, and the Rossica Young Translators Prize, for anyone under 25.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives in England. They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. The Arts council runs various grants for writers and translators including an international opportunities fund. http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

Grants for publishing translations in England have been devolved to the English PEN PEN Translates! fund.

www.artscouncil.org.uk

Arts Council Northern Ireland

Arts Council of Northern Ireland  is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. They are the main support for artists and arts organisations, offering a broad range of funding opportunities through our Exchequer and National Lottery funds. The council supplies grants for international artist’s development and self-arranged residencies: http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/subpages/funding.htm

www.artscouncil-ni.org

General Directorate of Book and Libraries, Portugal

The General Directorate for Book and Libraries (DGLB) is a public body under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture in Portugal. Its aim is to define and oversee the coordination and implementation of an integrated non-school and library book policy at national level, and the dissemination of Portuguese literary works and writers at an international level.

The General Directorate of Books and Libraries offers translation grants for Portuguese and foreign publishers up to 100%, support for authors’ and translators’ travel, and the organisation of literary events abroad.  The deadline is the 31st March each year.

www.iplb.pt/sites/DGLB/English/Pages/Home.aspx

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