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Writing On – Europe

Our project Writing On – Europe brings the literary exchange of the literature portal Writing On to Europe.

Writing On, the award-winning literary project for authors from war and conflict zones, was initiated in 2017. Until 2019, Writing On worked with writers living in exile in Germany. Writing On – Europe is now taking literary exchange further and opening up to Europe.

In the European public discourse, people from war and conflict zones are talked about and discussed. In Writing On – Europe, they take the floor themselves. In this project, authors living in exile in France and Sweden exchange letters, emails, direct messages or postcards with exiled writers in Germany about their lives and experiences in European exile. Their correspondence will be published on the literature portal www.weiterschreiben.jetzt as of autumn 2022.

With this project, Writing On – Europe aims to continue the success of the award-winning project Writing On in the European context. In the spirit of „littérature engagée“, the project investigates which stories authors from war and conflict zones who have found refuge in other European countries can use to differentiate the public discourse. How do they, as people with experience of flight, experience the new country in times of inflation, war, pandemic and right-wing populism? And how is this experience expressed in their artistic work?

The exchanges of letters are accompanied by the concept of tandem work that has proven successful in the Writing On project. Writing On – Europe starts with two tandems in France & Germany and two tandems in Sweden & Germany. All letters will be translated by translators from the original language (Arabic / Persian) into German or French / Swedish. The authors will then present their literary letters at readings from autumn 2022.

The idea of Writing On has been based on a transnational approach from the very beginning. In addition to working with cultural creatives from war and conflict zones, the project cooperates with literary mediators and authors‘ associations in Switzerland, Austria and Poland and has initiated events in these neighbouring countries since 2020. In 2021, the sister project Writing On – Switzerland was founded together with cooperation partners in Switzerland. Since the spring of 2022, Writing On has been collaborating ith authors from Egypt, Angola, Belarus, Burkina Faso and Iran within the framework of the project Writing On – Mondial.

Writing On – Europe is a project of WIR MACHEN DAS funded by the Allianz Kulturstiftung.

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