Edinburgh City of Literature is delighted to announce the name of the writer selected to come to Edinburgh for month-long residency, through the Lord Provost’s International Residency. Following a highly competitive open calol, Ahsan Ridha Hassan from Krakow has been chosen to spend November developing his work in the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.
Ahsan Ridha Hassan is a writer based in Krakow who has already published a range of articles and short stories, including his debut collection Wieża (2014) and his follow-up Trupojad i dziewczyna (2017). He will be using his time in Edinburgh to work on his new novel, while getting to know Edinburgh and its literary community.
“The work undertaken by Edinburgh and Krakow as UNESCO Cities of Literature has reinforced our partnership and allowed our creative communities to flourish and grow together. The opportunity for exchange with Krakow through writers, libraries and our local communities contributes greatly to Edinburgh’s international outlook.
“I want to congratulate Ahsan Ridha Hassan on securing this much sought-after residency and look forward to welcoming him to Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.” Lord Provost Frank Ross
As part of his month-long residency, starting on 1st November, the writer will be offered a place as a Community Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh (IASH). The Fellowship includes access to university libraries and resources, as well as desk space in one of Scotland’s ancient universities.
During his time in Edinburgh, Ahsan will be staying at The Place Hotel, in the heart of the Georgian New Town, based in one of the hotel’s literary-themed suites.
The Lord Provost’s International Residency is devised and delivered by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, with thanks to the Lord Provost, City of Edinburgh Council, IASH, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh Tourism Action Group and Krakow City of Literature.