Monday, 21 June 2010

The M Literary Residency Program

The M Literary Residency Program

Writers Residency Invites Applications for Three-Month Residency in India or China

(Shanghai and Pondicherry, May 2010) Applications for the 2011 M Literary Residency Program are now being accepted. Established in 2009 with the goals of disseminating a broader knowledge of contemporary life and writing in India and China today and to foster deeper intellectual, cultural and artistic links across individuals and communities, the program is open to writers of fiction, literary non-fiction or poetry whose residence in India or China would benefit their work.

Two Residencies in Two Cities

Brainchild of M Restaurant Group and Shanghai International Literary Festival founder Michelle Garnaut and writer Pankaj Mishra, the Program offers two residencies in 2011, one in Shanghai, China and one in Pondicherry, India. The residencies are each three months long, and candidates should apply for only one.

2010 Residency Recipients

The inaugural Literary Residency recipients, announced at the 2010 Shanghai International Literary Festival, are Tash Aw and Colie Hoffman. Tash Aw a Malaysian-born novelist now living in London, will be working on his third novel, which is set in Shanghai. Colie Hoffman is an American poet, who will use the residency to work on her first full-length book of poetry.

“We received 82 applications for the 2010 Residency, many of them of an extremely high standard,” says Michelle Garnaut. “We expect many more for 2011, and are looking forward to reading them all!”

Applications for the 2011 Residency are now open. Please visit the M website for application forms and information.


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