David Howard from Dunedin became the second guest of the Ulyanovsk UNESCO City of Literature Residency Program

The poet and writer David Howard from Dunedin (New Zealand) arrived at the writer's residence in Ulyanovsk, Russia. Within a month, the author will work on the texts, as well as take part in literary events and present the results of his project at the final presentation.

David Howard is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor. His works have been widely published, and many of his poems have been translated into a variety of European languages. Howard has published several collections of poetry, including The Incomplete Poems (Cold Hub Press, 2011), which encompasses 35-years of his writing. He held the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2013. In more recent years he has been the recipient of several UNESCO City of Literature Residencies. Though throughout his career Howard has primarily been situated in New Zealand, his work has taken him to many different countries. Among his awards: Gordon & Gotch National Poetry Award (1984), New Zealand Society of Authors Mid-Career Writers Award (2009), University of South Pacific Poetry Prize (2011), Robert Burns Fellowship, Dunedin (2013).

David told about the project that he is engaged in Ulyanovsk: “In the Ulyanovsk Regional Puppet Theatre's display of clockwork figurines, pre-revolutionary carpenters are set alongside post-war Soviet metalworkers. I will work with local composer Sofia Fulyanina to help these figures tell their stories, echoing both the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva and the Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov, who lived in Ulyanovsk in 1943”.

Besides, the author will take part in the opening of the “Lipki” International Forum of Young Writers in Ulyanovsk and the Literary Trolleybus event. Also, everyone will be able to ask the writer the questions at the final presentation in late September.

The organization of the residence, which is part of the Ulyanovsk - UNESCO City of Literature program, was made possible thanks to partners: the Simbirsk Hotel and Sergey Kuznetsov, the Rostelecom Ulyanovsk Branch, the Ulyanovskelectrotrans Municipal Unitary Enterprise, and the Gourmet market.

Open call for the first international residence in Ulyanovsk started in the spring of 2019. Applications were accepted from writers and translators from the UNESCO literary cities. As a result of the selection, two authors were invited to the city - Andrei Hochevar from Slovenia, who worked in Ulyanovsk on a report on the social circumstances of literature in June, and David Howard.

At least two authors from literary cities of the UNESCO network are scheduled to be invited to the residency in Ulyanovsk every year.

In 2015, Ulyanovsk received the status of the Most Reading Region of Russia, and also entered the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the “Literature” direction. Today, the Network unites 180 cities from 72 countries of the world.

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