Bergen City

Irish-Norwegian Writers’ Exchange 2017

Call for Irish Writer to take part in Irish-Norwegian Writers’ Exchange in Autumn 2017

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted that its close relationship with the Norwegian Embassy in Ireland is continuing to flourish with this announcement of a new Irish-Norwegian Writers’ Exchange supported by the Norwegian Embassy and Hordaland Fylkeskommune (County Council).

What is the Irish-Norwegian Writers’ Exchange?

The Exchange consists essentially of a week-long residency for one writer from each country to work on their writing, with one or two public or workshop commitments during the week. The Irish writer will travel to Bergen, Norway for one week between 25 September and 8 October 2017 and the Norwegian writer will travel to Anam Cara Artists’ and Writers’ Retreat in early November 2017. Both WIRS are expected to meet and support one another during their residencies. The Norwegian WIR may spend one or two nights in another location on the way to or from Anam Cara in West Cork, and if feasible, the Irish WIR may be asked to host.

More information about the Bergen residency

The successful Irish writer-in-residence (WIR) will have their own accommodation in or near Bergen city centre, kindly supported by Hordaland County Council. The successful Irish WIR will also have a desk to work in at Norsk Forfattensentrum – the local Literature house in Bergen. During their stay they will be expected take part in a public reading, as well as meeting with the local writing community or similar. They will also meet the selected Norwegian writer who will also act as “host”.

The Irish WIR’s flights to Bergen are covered with the kind support of the Norwegian Embassy. The Irish WIR must provide their own incidental travel and meal costs. It is anticipated that the accommodation will be self-catering.

Who is eligible to apply?

This is an open call to writers who are ordinarily resident on the island of Ireland with a proven track record and at least one book of fiction or short stories published by a recognised publisher. Priority will be given to works of fiction.


If you are interested in applying, please send the following to Valerie Bistany, with Irish-Norwegian Writers’ Exchange in the subject line:

  1. A cover letter including your personal details concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during the residency
  2. An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  3. Clearly labelled samples of recent work (three short samples from different works of up to 400 words or between 4-6 poems. Please do not send more as it will not be read.)
  4. Any relevant information on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc.

Please collate all documents into one attachment, either Word or PDF.  

Deadline for application is Monday 14 August at 5pm.