Since the beginning of September, Villa Decius hosts two new residents, which came to Krakow as part of the Krakow – UNESCO City of Literature Residency Programme. The artists from New Zealand and Australia will spend two months in the City of Kings.
Melbourne-born Nadia Bailey is a writer, journalist and critic, whose texts were published in The Australian, The Lifted Brow, Cordite and in The Age/SMH. She wrote three theoretical books on popular culture, as well as poetry and short forms. Her works have brought her a number of prizes and awards, including the Adrien Abott Poetry Prize and OutStanding Queer Short Story Award.
Liz Breslin is a prose and poetry writer, as well as playwright of Polish descent from Hawea Flat. She regularly writes columns and articles for Otago Daily. She also presents performances featuring fragments of the Love in the time of netball essay. Her book Alzheimer’s and a spoon was listed among the 100 best volumes of poetry of 2017.
During their two-month stay, the writers will work on their current projects, while discovering the culture and literary milieu of our city. The readers from Krakow will have a number of opportunities to meet them at festivals, meetings with authors and other literary events. On the 6th of June, Nadia Bailey will host a creative writing workshop.
The Krakow – UNESCO City of Literature residency programme is addressed to writers, poets and translators from the Cities of Literature belonging to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It is carried out by the Krakow Festival Office in cooperation with the Villa Decius Cultural Institute, and its objective is to open up opportunities for writers to present their work to the Central European readers, support greater diversity in the Polish and European literary community, as well as to enable local writers to meet their foreign counterparts.