Alta’ir: a new Jordan - Durham Creative Collaboration

The CBRL are delighted to be partnering with Durham Book Festival/New Writing North, St Mary’s College Durham and UK based Jordanian author Dr Fadia Faquir and the British Council on an exciting new creative partnership, Alta’ir.

The Alta’ir project aims to enable dialogue and cultural exchange between the Arab world and the UK through writing and literature.

As part of a literary exchange between the North East of England and Jordan, Durham Book Festival is now inviting proposals from writers based in the North East of England to travel to Jordan on a funded month-long residency at the CBRL’s British Institute in Amman.

The residency will be an opportunity for a writer to develop their own creative work. It will provide a unique space for a published author from the North of England to reflect and to write and have the opportunity to share their work with Arab audiences. The residency will raise the profile of British writing in Jordan and the Arab world in the UK, in the hope that long-lasting connections between writers in the UK and the Arabic-speaking world are forged.

As part of the residency, the CBRL’s British Institute in Amman will arrange events in and outside of Amman (some of which have parallels with the north of England) and introduce the chosen writer to places of interest in Jordan (including Petra).

During the four-week residency the writer will:

  • Deliver writing workshops/readings that are made accessible to the general public
  • Run workshops outside of Amman in hard to reach communities North and South of Jordan
  • Deliver a discussion event around the work that the writer generates whilst in Jordan
  • Provide 2-4 blogs for the Durham Book Festival about their visit and experiences

The chosen writer will discuss their visit to Jordan and the work it inspired, at an event at the Durham Book Festival on Sunday 14 October. 

In October, a Jordanian writer will travel to the UK for a residency that will coincide with Durham book festival on 14th October 2018.

Fee, Travel and Accommodation

Travel and visa costs will be covered by Durham Book Festival, who will also pay the writer a stipend of £800 (with an additional supplement of £200 for evening meals). Bed, breakfast and lunches will be provided by the British Institute in Amman for the duration of the visit.

For more information and to apply please visit: 

Deadline for applications is Thursday 14th June

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Wilkie

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