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Edinburgh welcomes rising star of Polish literature

The winner of the Lord Provost’s International Residency has been announced as Ahsan Ridha Hassan from Krakow City of Literature.

Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust is delighted to announce the name of the writer selected to come to Edinburgh for a month-long residency, through the Lord Provost’s International Residency. Following a highly competitive open call, Ahsan Ridha Hassan from Krakow has been chosen to spend November developing his work in the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

Ahsan Ridha Hassan is a writer based in Krakow who has already publisheda range of articles and short stories, including his debut collection Wieża (2014) and his follow-up Trupojad i dziewczyna (2017). He will be using his time in Edinburgh to work on his new novel, while getting to know Edinburgh and its literary community.

Ahsan Ridha Hassan. Courtesy cityofliterature.com

This is the first International Residency between the two cities and it will forge new connections between the two Cities of Literature, connecting their reading and writing communities and celebrating their Partner City relationship.

Lord Provost Frank Ross said: “The work undertaken by Edinburgh and Krakow as UNESCO Cities of Literature has reinforced our partnership and allowed our creative communities to flourish and grow together.  The opportunity for exchange with Krakow through writers, libraries and our local communities contributes greatly to Edinburgh’s international outlook.

 “I want to congratulate Ahsan Ridha Hassan on securing this much sought-after residency and look forward to welcoming him to Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.”

Ali Bowden, Director of the City of Literature Trust, said: “The Lord Provost’s International Residency is a great opportunity to showcase Edinburgh as a City of Literature, and welcome one of Krakow’s most exciting new talents into our incredible creative community.”

As part of his month-long residency, starting on 1 November 2018, the writer will be offered a place as a Community Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh (IASH). The Fellowship includes access to university libraries and resources, as well as desk space in one of Scotland’s ancient universities.

Professor Steve Yearley, IASH Director, expressed how pleased the Institute was to have a new Community Fellow supported by Edinburgh and Krakow Cities of Literature and the Lord Provost: “We’re delighted to welcome Ahsan Ridha Hassan and the exciting, timely writing that his work represents.”

Previous Community Fellow at IASH include Korean author Kim Ae-ran in 2014 and Scottish writer Jemma Neville in 2017.

During his time in Edinburgh, Ahsan will be staying at The Place Hotel, in the heart of the Georgian New Town, based in one of the hotel’s literary-themedsuites.

Ahsan will be available for a limited number of interviews and appearances during his time in Edinburgh. To arrange a meeting or event, please contact Siân Bevan at Edinburgh City of Literature (sian@cityofliterature.com)

The Lord Provost’s International Residency is devised and delivered by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust with thanks to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh Council, IASH, EdinburghTourism Action Group, Creative Scotland and Krakow City of Literature.


For further information please contact:

Siân Bevan, Programme Manager at Edinburgh City of Literature on sian@cityofliterature.com or 0131 557 9850

Notes to Editor

  1. EdinburghCity of Literature Trust

The Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust is the development agency for Edinburgh as a UNESCO City of Literature. It works to bring literature to the streets of Edinburgh, involving people in the city’s literary life, bringing organisations to work together collaboratively for greater impact, and sharing Edinburgh’s literary story with the world.

cityofliterature.com        @EdinCityofLit

  1. Krakow UNESCO City of Literature

Krakow was the 7th city to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature, joining the network in 2013. The City of Literature builds on a centuries-old literary heritage by showcasing the city’s dynamic literary festivals, libraries, poets and writers.

http://krakowcityofliterature.com/city-of-literature/       @KRKCityofLit

  1. UNESCO City of Literature designation
    In 2004 Edinburgh was designated the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, a permanent title celebrating Edinburgh’s status as a literary capital and pioneer in the UNESCO creative cities network, which now has 180 member cities in seven creative art forms. The concept of a City of Literature was devised in Edinburgh by the Trust’s founding members.
  2. Edinburgh and Krakow have been Partner Cities since 1995.
  3. The Place Hotel is a luxury four star boutique hotel in the heart of Edinburgh. In celebration of Edinburgh’s place as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, the hotel created four literary-themed hotel suites, inspired by great Edinburgh writers: https://yorkplace-edinburgh.co.uk/about-us/literature-hotel/
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October 18, 2018


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