Ten authors have been selected for the second edition of the state-wide literature project stadt.land.text NRW. From March to June, the scholarship holders explored their region for four months and processed impressions of everyday life and peculiarities of the cultural diversity of North Rhine-Westphalia with literary-artistic means .
From March to June 2022, the project will enter its third round under the auspices of the Münsterland Cultural Region and, for the first time, will also address authors who live in German-speaking countries but do not write in German. The ten residencies are remunerated with a fee of 7,200 euros each; accommodation and travel expenses are provided.
During the four-month residency, the authors are on the road, exploring the city, village and countryside, meeting the inhabitants and implementing literary-artistic project ideas. The focus is not only on urban centres, but especially on the rural areas of NRW. There are ten cultural regions to choose from for a residency: Bergisches Land, Hellweg, Münsterland, Lower Rhine, East Westphalia-Lippe, Aachen region, Rhine region, Ruhr region, Sauerland and South Westphalia.
The residents can expect an accompanying programme with joint excursions, activities and networking events. Selected works by all regional writers will be published in autumn 2022 in the third edition of the anthology stadt.land.text NRW.
In 2020, the Berlin author Charlotte Krafft was on tour as a regional writer in Münsterland. Under the title "Future Fresco", the writer with a penchant for science fiction described and "painted" the rural area with visions of future places of remembrance. The resulting texts are teeming with umbrellas, Spoekenkiekerinnen and moorland monsters. Curious? Everything about the stadt.land.text NRW 2020 issue, an interview with Charlotte Krafft and the anthology with texts by all ten regional writers from NRW can be found here: