Melbourne & Edinburgh Exchange

Melbourne & Edinburgh Exchange

February 20, 2018

The Edinburgh Exchange is a chance for literary programmers from the Edinburgh and Melbourne Cities of Literature to share skills, ideas and opportunities.

Hosted in August 2018 by Edinburgh, and in 2020 by Melbourne, selected programmers will be able to exchange knowledge, build international ties, see a range of shows and explore the industry.

The selected recipients will receive $4000 AU towards travel expenses as well as the opportunity to billet with an Edinburgh Representative.

As part of the trip, visiting programmers will have the opportunity to:

  • discuss best practice with other literary programmers
  • see venues, events, and have the opportunity to network at the Edinburgh International Book Festival — the largest of its kind in the world — as well as the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festivals.
  • take part in a public event
  • scout for international talent
  • understand Scotland’s creative communities and how they interact with each other
  • exchange knowledge with local communities and bring back what they’ve learned to their home cities.

Who can apply?

Please note this funding is available to individuals not organisations and applicants must be Victorian residents working in the literary sector impacting Melbourne as City of Literature.

Applications must be completed online (via Melbourne City of Lit).

Applications close 5pm on Monday 26 March 2018

Application process

Applications must address the following questions:

  1. How do you contribute to Melbourne being a City of Literature?
  2. What do you hope to bring back to Melbourne from your time in Scotland?
  3. How will this benefit your professional development and the promotion of Melbourne as a City of Literature?
  4. What three organisations interest you the most in Edinburgh and why?

A one page biography is required with the opportunity to include one letter of support

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria.

  1. The benefit to your professional development
  2. The potential impact on Melbourne as a City of Literature
  3. The potential impact on Edinburgh as a City of Literature

Applications will be assessed by an independent selection committee of representatives from Edinburgh City of Literature.

To be eligible applications must address all questions and criteria, and provide the required support material.

Decisions advised: April 2018

Successful applicants will also need to submit a short report detailing the success or otherwise of the project. Reports are due four weeks after the conclusion of the travel.

Melbourne City of Literature

Melbourne became the second UNESCO City of Literature in 2008, and is the capital of the state of Victoria, Australia’s second-largest city with a population of 3.6 million.

More people borrow more books from local libraries in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia. The city was home to 19th-century novelists Rolf Boldrewood (Thomas Browne) and Marcus Clarke; Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey was born in Melbourne and today Melbourne has a vibrant community of writers, novelists, playwrights and poets.

The city is also home to one of Australia’s most valuable literary awards, the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

Discover more about Melbourne City of Literature here.