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    Prose Readings, Latvia - a LEuL festival

Literature Across Frontiers has launched a new project supported by Creative Europe. Literary Europe Live (LEuL) brings together sixteen literary festivals and venues from around Europe to foster and encourage programming that reflects the richness and diversity of the European literary landscape. It also highlights and supports outstanding emerging literary talent and develops live and digital audiences for writing in translation.

Literary Europe Live, starting in Autumn 2015, is co-funded under the new Platforms strand of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Through the Literary Europe Live project the Literature Across Frontiers platform will:

  • create a forum for debate of shared European topics;
  • foster the development and recognition of emerging literary creators such as writers, translators and literary curators by providing them with international opportunities and highlighting the most outstanding talent in all genres;
  • develop a quality label to recognize Europe-wide programming and innovative dissemination of European literary works;
  • cooperate with a range of partners to present European writing in all its diversity to audiences across Europe and beyond, and to give professionals working in the field of literature opportunities to share ideas, experiences and information.
  • The first year of the project will see over thirty events organised in the members’ countries featuring more than three hundred literary creators and professionals. There will be also events presenting European literature in China and India, and an international audience development forum which will bring together professionals working in the field of international literature across Europe.

On the announcement of LEuL, Alexandra Büchler, Director of Literature Across Frontiers, said: “We are delighted to be supported by Creative Europe in our work as a European Platform. The Literary Europe Live project will allow us to focus on developing audiences for European writing in all genres and particularly to support emerging writers, something we have been successfully doing with earlier projects. The members of our Platform — from prominent large festivals to smaller grassroots ones — will share their expertise in organising literary events and learn from each other about the ingredients of successful pan-European programming. Digital dissemination of literature is another topic we will be focusing on in order to reach young readers in particular. European writing is booming and we are here to help make it travel.”