2021 Bucheon Residency
The Bucheon City of Literature Office is delighted to announce the two successful applicants from UNESCO Cities of Literature to be resident in Bucheon in October.
- Takami Nieda, Seattle, USA
- Lauren Lazavi, Norwich, U.K
Takami Nieda will join us from Seattle. As a Japanese-English literary translator, Takami specialized in translating literature of the Korean diaspora, specifically of writers born and/or living in Japan. Her translation works include Kazuki Kaneshiro's Go, published in March 2018, and The Color of the Sky Is the Shape of the Heart - Ginny's Puzzle's by Chesil -forthcoming from Soho in February 2022. Her translation of the novel Go was awarded the Freeman Book Award in 2019.
She is currently working on translation of Travelers of a Hundred Years, written by zainichi Korean writer Lee Hoesung. This translation is initiated by Literature Translation Institute of Korea, part of its International Exchanges Program that expands the base of literary exchange through discovering and supporting writers of Korean diaspora literature.
Lauren Razavi joins from Norwich. Lauren is an award-winning writer and digital maker who tells stories about work, culture, place, and borders, and policy advisor working globally. She has lived as a digital nomad since 2013. As a passionate advocate of global mobility as a human right, Lauren is keen to start positive conversations about migration and immigration.
Her first book Global Natives : The New Frontiers of Work, Travel & Innovation will be published by Holloway in September 2021. Her Counterflows newsletter shares insights about distributed work, borderless living and the craft of writing. While writing about Bucheon during her stay, she will also work on her second book about the history and future of borders.
We hope that the residency would bring the writers cross-cultrual experience, inspiration for new projects, and an opportunity to promote their own work and to be connected with the literary community in Bucheon/Korea.
The UNESCO Cities of Literature Network
The UNESCO Cities of Literature is a leading collaborative network of 39 cities with a shared goal to develop and promote the role of literature and creativity in our cities. It brings together a wide range of cultural professionals to share and inspire each other, strengthen exchanges, promote freedom of speech and further develop frameworks for collaboration in key areas.
UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature Residencies
The literary cities have worked towards promoting mobility and exchange of writers. As part of international cooperative initiatives to support the values of creativity and diversity of voices, Bucheon launched its residency program in 2020, following the lead of other literary cities, offering residencies for 2 writers and artists from other UNESCO Cities of Literature and beyond annually.