The collaboration between the Swedish Writer’s Union, Swedish PEN and the municipality of Växjö aims to stimulate literature’s role in a democratic society and to enhance exchanges between professionals, authors, translators and guest writers. The partnership will be manifested on the opening of the Free Speech House (Det fria ordets hus) the 4 June in Växjö.
Through this association, the guest writers who are given a safe haven in Växjö city of refuge will have a great opportunity to meet and work together with established writers in the local environment.
Astrid Trotzig, Vice president of the Swedish Writer’s Union says “The cooperation with the Free Speech House in Växjö can have several positive effects, not least to prompt the ICORN guest writer’s opportunities to become more participatory in cultural and public life. Kronoberg is a model area for planned mentoring where members of the Swedish Writer’s Union offer guest writers assistance, both as colleagues and on an everyday and personal level.”
Read the press release here.
Nasrin Madani is current guest writer in Växjö city of refuge (photo: Miha Fras/ICORN).