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27 February 2012

Passa Porta offers winning EUPL author a residence in Brussels

Passa Porta, Brussels's International House of Literature, welcomes writers from all over the world to share their thoughts on literature with a multilingual audience in Europe's capital. It also nourishes new literary work by offering writers a longer stay in Brussels during which they can focus on their own writing project while being immersed in its rich cultural life.

Through cooperation with the European Union Prize for Literature, Passa Porta has agreed to offer one of the winning EUPL 2011 authors a fully accommodated stay for one month in 2012.

Latvian prose writer Inga Žolude, winner of EUPL 2011, has been selected for this residence. She will stay in Brussels from August 27 until September 24, 2012. Žolude will reside in Passa Porta's writers' flat in the city center of Brussels and receive a stipend of 750 euros as well as a travel grant.

Passa Porta shares with EUPL the belief in the importance of excellent literature in a multitude of voices and hence is happy to support the creative work of one of the winning authors through its writers in residence scheme.

About the author:

Prose writer Inga Žolude was born in 1984 and received her master’s degree in English from the University of Latvia. She studied English literature at the Southern Illinois University through the Fulbright Program and worked as a project coordinator and manager in the field of culture and education. She is currently studying for her doctorate at the University of Latvia. She has been a member of the Writers’ Union in Latvia since 2010.

Zolude has had her works published in various periodicals, and her debut novel, Silta zeme (Warm Earth) was published in 2008. She regularly reviews works by Latvian and foreign authors. She has also translated poetry by Philip Larkin and Robert Crawford among others.
She received a special award from the cultural magazine Rīgas Laiks (Riga Times) in 2007. She has taken part in many literary and cultural projects and has received several grants, including the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Baltic Sleipnir Grant.

For more information on the writers in residence scheme see

or contact: Ilke Froyen, coördinator writers in residence

tel + 32 (0)2 223 68 32 – -

Het beschrijf, p/a Passa Porta, A. Dansaertstraat 46, 1000 Brussels

Press release EUPL winner in residence.pdf