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The Announcement of the 2019 Residency Programme Results

Dear applicants,

first of all, thank you for all your applications. It's been very difficult to choose only six names out of 428 applications from 81 countries we received this year. We are glad that so many interesting projects are in your plans. Very inspiring and worth realizing. This time we could support only six of you, but we encourage you to work on your ideas and wish you luck in all your projects.

The committee agreed finally upon these six names: Richard Fidler, Joanna Lech, Justin MacGregor, Fiona Sampson, Caya Makhele, and Sabine Scholl.

The people in the committee were: Dana Kalinová – former director of the Book World Fair Prague, Alena Lhotová – vice-president of the Czech Literary Translators´ Guild, Viktor Debnár – Arts and Theater Institute, and Kateřina Bajo – Prague City of Literature. The schedule for 2019 will be:

  • January – February – Richard Fidler
  • March – April – Caya Makhele
  • May – June – Joanna Lech
  • July – August – Sabine Scholl
  • September – October – Fiona Sampson
  • November – 15th December – Justin MacGregor

We'll inform all the residents about the residency details well ahead of time.


Prague City of Literature

Poetry Day (11.-25.11.2018)

Den poezie is an annual international and multicultural poetry festival held for two weeks every November around the birth anniversary (16.11.1810) of the great Czech Romantic poet, K.H. Mácha. It is the most widespread poetry event in the country with events now taking place in over 50 Czech cities, towns and villages. Almost all the events are free. This year’s Den poezie runs from 11th – 25th November and its theme is Nebát se / Don‘t Fear (from a famous quotation by the first president of Czechoslovakia, T. G. Masaryk, Nebát se a Nekrást – Don‘t fear and don’t steal).

In the 2018 programme there are two events in English – on Wednesday, 14th November at 7 pm in the library of Anglo-American University, Letenská 1, Prague 1 there will be a reading by poets Stephan Delbos (US) and Michael O’Loughlin (Ireland). The second event is a multimedia performance on Saturday 24th November at 19.30 at the Skautský institut, Staroměstské nám. 1/4 featuring poets and artists from the US, Iceland, Taiwan and Russia. There will also be bilingual readings by the Scottish poet Alan Spence at a joint reading on Monday 19th at Cafe Elektric, Ovocný trh 6, and by Irish poet Michael O’Loughlin on the literary walk on Sunday 11th November, which starts at Karlín metro at 16.30. Or if you would like to read some of your own poems in English, you can join the gathering at the statue of K.H. Mácha on Petřín Hill on Friday 16th November at 19.00 where everyone is free to read…

To learn more about this year's Poetry Day, visit:

Book World

An international annual book fair and literary festival. To learn more about the upcoming one in May 2019 visit here:

Prague Writer's Festival 3–8 October (an annual event)

This year's theme is


The future came and went.

But we failed to see it.

The evil eye returned.

We planted more walls.

Failing to answer distress.

Falling for cheap sweets.

We cheated ourselves.

Drew ourselves in.

The evil eye returned.

Listening to


Michael March, president PWF

To know more, visit…iky/pwf-2018, or search on facebook under Prague Writers' Festival Praha


What is Alchemy?

Alchemy is the pseudo-science (although some would argue there is nothing pseudo about it at all) whose practitioners attempted two seemingly impossible tasks: to transform base metals into gold; and to develop the elixir of life, which would bring youth and longevity to those who imbibed it. It is also the name of Prague's premier reading and performance series.

Laura Conway was the first host of the readings, in 2002. Since then, the role has been filled by other willing volunteers: Patrick Seguin, Kirsten Weights, Jim Freeman, Chris Crawford, Bonita Rhoads, Scott Nixon and others. In spring 2003 Ken Nash 'stepped out of anonymity' and picked up the role of Alchemy's first full-time host. Ken is the author of Alchemy's name, logo and much of Alchemy's concept. He also regularly participates in the open mic as a writer of songs and short stories. Alchemy is currently hosted by writers Alex Went and Petra Antevasin.

But the real guiding spirits of Alchemy are its many international fans and guest performers, who for more than ten years have helped to deliver moments of artistic pure gold and spiritual rejuvenation to audiences from all over the world…

To know more, visit:, or search on facebook under Alchemy Reading and Performance Series

Prague Microfestival

Prague Microfestival (PMF) is an annual festival of the arts, combining contemporary writing with art, film, and performance. PMF is fully bilingual (CZ and EN), and presents readings by the best authors of contemporary poetry and fiction. Every year, PMF welcomes renowned and underground authors from across the world, staging them alongside film projections, music, performance and visual art, in a rich polylogue of artforms. PMF is also cultural innovator in itself, presenting MICROLAB, an experimental conference, for the first time this year. PMF will also host MICROSHOW, a pop-up gallery of visual artwork by invited artists. PMF is not only an arts space; it is a place for people to meet…

To learn more, visit, or search on facebook under Prague Microfestival

Globe Bookstore and Café

Founded in 1993, the Globe Bookstore and Café is Prague’s first and best English language bookstore with a lively and trendy café that offers delicious coffee, cocktails and some of Prague’s best home cooking with great burgers, salads, pastas and other favorites and a full American brunch menu on the weekends. The Globe Bookstore is expat Prague’s literary epicenter that provides a unique meeting place for artists, writers, students and travelers. The café also regularly hosts literary readings, movies, live music and other special and top sporting events; while the bookstore offers a wide selection of approximately 10,000 hand-picked quality titles that will impress even the most learned reader.

To learn more, visit:, and switch to English in the upper right corner of the page.

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