We are delighted to announce the names of the writers selected to participate in the second year of the third Ulysses Shelter programme From Wales, Rebecca Wilson was selected for the screenwriting residency hosted by the Mallorca Film Commission and Megan Angharad Hunter chose Ljubljana, Slovenia as the location for her residency and will be hosted by the Slovenian Writers Association.
Rebecca Wilson is a Jewish and Welsh writer. She has been under commission with the Sherman Theatre, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Theatr Clwyd, Arad Goch and Young Pleasance Company. She co-wrote the episode “Terfysg” for Hei Hanes for Cwmni Da/S4C and co-wrote the short film “Don’t You Want Me, Baby?” for Sisu Productions Films. Her latest show based on her Jewish cousin Florence Waren, “Showgirls & Spies” played at the Edinburgh Fringe 3-13th August at the King Dome, Pleasance.
Megan Angharad Hunter is a writer, screenwriter, and musician from Penygroes, Nantlle Valley. Since receiving a degree in Welsh and Philosophy in 2022, she has been working as a freelance writer, writing mainly for children and young people through the medium of Welsh and English. She has written two novels for young adults: published tu ôl i’r awyr, her debut novel in 2020 before winning the Main Book of the Year Award, and Cat was published as part of the award-winning Y Pump series. She won the Urdd Eisteddfod Crown 2020/21 and has experiences in the television industry. More recently, she co-co-ordinated a creative writing course for writers d/Disabled with poet Bethany Handley, and in 2023 was given the opportunity by Literature Across Frontiers to contribute towards the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters before discussing accessibility in the publishing industry at this year’s London Book Fair. The dominant themes in her work are mental health, d/Disability and sexuality and she is currently working on an encyclopaedic novel for children. She also volunteers regularly with Llamau, a charity that provides a helpline for young people experiencing homelessness.
We were very pleased to have received a high number of applications for this round, and our panel found choosing only two writers a difficult task. We enjoyed reading everyone’s applications and examples of work and will hope to work with the authors of the many interesting proposals we received in the future.
Selected for this round of the project by our EU-based sister organisation Culture Reset are Kristina Nesvedová and Sára Vybíralová
Kristina Nesvedová will be visiting Caernarfon in May 2024. She is a Czech author of children´s books. After her studies in French and Portuguese philology at Charles University, she started working as a book editor. For more than ten years, she has been preparing books by Czech and foreign authors for publication. Her first novel for children Kdo spí ve spíži (Who Sleeps in the Pantry, Host, 2023) conjures up an imaginary world where little vegetable creatures from a pantry basket come alive and experience adventures in their search for kin and friends. Kristina lives in South Bohemia with her family and two cats, and when she is not helping others bring their books into the world, she is writing her own stories and trying to improve her skills as a storyteller.
Sára Vybíralová will visit Ljubljana to work on a novel. She is a writer, translator from French, and editor whose collection of short stories Spoušť (Havoc, Host Publishing, 2015) received the Jiří Orten Award for debut by authors under thirty. She is currently writing her second collection and works at the Czech Literary Centre where she is responsible for collaboration with francophone countries. She has translated a number of works by French authors such as Édouard Levé, Édouard Louis, Leïla Slimani, Hervé Le Tellier, Jérôme Baschet, Jérôme Collin and Victor Pouchet.
We would like to thank all the applicants for their time and wish all selected writers the best with their residencies.
Ulysses Shelter is co-financed by the European Union.