We are delighted to announce our five Writers in Residence for Weather Stations. This inspirational group of writers have been chosen for their talent, style and commitment to creating a more sustainable future:
Xiaolu Guo will work with Free Word, London
Guo is author of A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and Writer and Director of UFO in Her Eyes, “City of Venice” prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Mirko Bonné will work with internationales literaturfestival berlin
Mirko Bonné, born 1965 in Tegernsee, lives in Hamburg. Besides translations of, among others, Sherwood Anderson, Robert Creeley, E.E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Grace Paley and William Butler Yeats, he has published five novels, five volumes of poetry, and a book of travel journals and essays. For his work Bonné received many awards, including the french Prix Relay du Roman d’Evasion, the Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize and the Rainer Malkowski Prize. As a writer-in-residence Mirko Bonné visited Marseille, Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai. His novel ”Nie mehr Nacht“ was a finalist for the German Book Prize in 2013.
Jaś Kapela will work with Krytyka Polityczna in Warsaw
Jaś Kapela is a poet, novelist and columnist, as well as a member of the Krytyka Polityczna team. He is a proud left-winger who, in his darkly comic work, focuses on the conflict of a traumatised individual with a hostile society which heads straight to hell. His work often takes a form of a social performance. In 2013 Kapela participated in Live Green, a campaign for ecological lifestyles led by the Green Cross, Poland.
Kapela is the author of Stosunek seksualny nie istnieje (Sexual intercourse Does Not Exist) and Janusz Hrystus (Janus Hrist). His third novel Dobry Troll (The Good Troll) will be published in May 2015.
Oisín McGann will work with Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin
Oisín McGann is one of Ireland’s leading writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults. McGann’s work weaves fantasy worlds with real issues allowing young readers to consider often quite serious social and personal consequences. McGann’s writing and illustrations are a stimulating catalyst for young writers to explore the metaphorical landscape of how to write imaginatively and provokingly about climate change in a way that will actively engage young readers.
McGann is author of nine young adult novels, his latest Rat Runners was released in 2013.
Tony Birch will work with the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne
Tony Birch was born in inner-city Melbourne to a large family of Aboriginal, West India and Irish descent. His challenging upbringing inspires much of his work. Two of Birch’s novels Shadowboxing and Father’s Day are taught in the Australian Victorian Secondary School system.
Birch is also the author of Blood, shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award.