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Thanks to the artists who applied for the third round of the IN OTHER WORDS Residency .

Applications closed at midnight, Friday 5 October 2018. Keep an eye on this page for the next round.

You can learn about the IN OTHER WORDS residency below. IN OTHER WORDS artists will also have the opportunity to participate in the IN OTHER WORDS Festival, 22 - 24 February 2019 , celebrating art and culture in languages other than English.

Welcome to LOST IN BOOKS and our literary residency program, IN OTHER WORDS. 

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The opportunity: A paid residency to develop new work in languages other than English, over eight weeks at LOST IN BOOKS, in Fairfield, South Western Sydney. Artists or artistic teams will be paid $2500 per project accepted into the residency. We are looking for writers, translators, illustrators, graphic novelists, poets...anyone making new literary works is welcome to apply alone or as a team. 

The space: You will be given the use of a desk in a light-filled studio in the LOST IN BOOKS multilingual kids' bookshop. You will share the space with LOST IN BOOKS staff. You can also use our beautiful retail space to run workshops and community engagement, and our cafe area to take meetings.

The perks: We will offer you coffee, tea and treats from the cafe. We will help you to forge connections to a public hungry to read quality literature in their own languages. We will help you to connect with publishers. We provide you with the opportunity to be showcased in the annual IN OTHER WORDS Festival to celebrate literature and creative expression in languages other than English. We will offer you support from our creative team.

Our expectations: We expect that you will be part of making LOST IN BOOKS an inclusive, generous, enabling, joyful and fun place. We require you to deliver a community workshop, and to participate in an end-of-residency celebration. We hope that you will continue to contribute to a growing network of alumni after your residency, and to support the growth of quality literature in languages other than English in Australia. You will be required to provide a current Working with Children Check.

Intellectual property: The work you make remains yours - you retain copyright. However, we will ask you to grant us a licence to celebrate your work and our connection with you, on terms that we agree. 

Our limitations: We do not have budget to support any flights or accommodation. Whilst we will work to help artists from outside Sydney to find affordable accommodation, you are responsible for finding your own suitable accommodation. 

Assessment criteria: Your application will be considered by a panel of peers and LOST IN BOOKS staff.   Criteria that we weigh in considering your application include:

  • artistic excellence

  • what connection to Western Sydney does this artist have? We seek to strike a balance between local artists in Western Sydney and those from farther afield, and to promote new collaborations.

  • will the residency produce quality and distinctive work in languages other than English that may appeal to local audiences?

  • how does this residency stand to contribute to the development or opportunities available to an artist, including through creative collaboration?

  • how well will this artist engage with different sectors of the local community?

  • what potential is there for public engagement with the work the artists are developing or producing during the residency?

  • does this project contribute towards a shift in publishing cultures in Australia to better value works that begin in languages other than English?

  • can we see a way to forge new pathways to publication and to market?

  • how might this project contribute to other literary artists in Western Sydney?

We may require you to attend an interview. We undertake to provide feedback to all applicants. The decision of the panel is final.

Be bold, be experimental. We are likely to want to support your ideas!

Applications for the third IN OTHER WORDS residency closed Friday 5 October 2018, at midnight.

Residency dates: Tuesday, 30 October - Saturday, 22 December 2018.

Ready to apply? Please continue...

Questions? Email or call us on 02 9727 3928 (Tuesday - Saturday)

(Note: you cannot save this form so it may be a good idea to draft your answers in a word document first)

Name *
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Residential Address *
Residential Address
*We understand Western Sydney to be the areas within the following local government areas: Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith (WSROC); and Camden, Campbelltown, and Wollondilly (MACROC).
Note: Mark N/A if this does not apply to you.
(We will read a maximum of 10 pages)
*and please ask them to make an application. Note: mark this field N/A if this does not apply to you. We offer one stipend of $2500 per project.
You will spend eight weeks in residency with us. What do you want to do? Please explain in detail the work you wish to make or develop further. This is your opportunity to explain your project, its objectives, its motivation, and what you hope to achieve over the course of the residency (500 words).
IN OTHER WORDS hopes to provide a rich creative environment for you. Collaboration can play an important part in an artist's development. You will be in residency with another artist. You can choose how closely to collaborate with them. You can propose an ideal collaborator and apply together. Please note that if you are selected, there is no guarantee that your proposed collaborator will also be accepted. You can apply alone. Please be aware that you will share studio space with another artist. We will do our best to place two artists whose practices may be of interest to one another in the studio at the same time. Please describe a collaboration that could benefit your practice (500 words):
Note: If this question does not apply to you, please mark this field N/A.
The Community *
We require you to offer one workshop for children and/or adults in the community and to participate in a public event to celebrate the work you have done at the conclusion of your residency.
What is a workshop you could offer to the local community? Why do you think the local community members in Fairfield and/or Liverpool, South Western Sydney would benefit from it ? (300 words)
How do you propose we celebrate the work you develop or make on residency? For example, a reading, an installation, a performance, or any other idea you have. (300 words)
We are building a rich and supportive network of literary artists working in languages other than English. How might you contribute to this community after your residency is complete? (250 words)
(250 words)
Hand on Heart *
I understand that if I am successful: *
Cross your Fingers *
*You have double checked your application responses and you are now ready to submit.