International Programmes

LWU is cooperating with the foreign centres of culture and the cultural representatives from the embassies in Lithuania. The cooperation activities include: organization of integrated projects, recommendation of the Lithuanian literature texts to book and magazine publishers abroad; organization of Lithuanian literature presentations and writers’ meetings abroad; delegation of the Lithuanian writers to visit festivals, conferences and literary events overseas; dissemination of information regarding Lithuanian literature, writers, publishers and the activities of LWU; help in establishing contacts; invitation of the foreign guests to visit Poetry Spring (Poezijos pavasaris) international festival; spreading of information concerning residencies and bursaries for the writers and translators, as well as mediation of the requests for residencies and bursaries; distribution of information regarding ongoing competitions.

2016, December 15th – publication of literary magazine “Apra” in Georgian language, dedicated to the Lithuanian literature. It includes creative work by more than 30 Lithuanian authors, in Georgian language.

2016, December 5-7th – participation of writers Birutė Jonuškaitė, Alvydas Šlepikas and Antanas Jonynas in the Lithuanian authors’ soirée at Lohvinav bookstore, as well as readings at the Lithuanian Embassy in Minsk (Belarus).

2016, October 26-31st – “Polyphonics in Lviv – the 4th International Forum of Lithuanian, Moldavian, Belarusian and Ukranian literature”, an event organized by the LWU.

2016, October 22-24th – participation of writers Liutauras Degėsys and Julius Keleras in the Public Lending Right Seminar for Authors in Zagreb (Croatia).

2016, September 15-18th – participation of writers Giedrė Kazlauskaitė, Danutė Kalinauskaitė, Dainius Gintalas, Antanas Jonynas, Alvydas Šlepikas, Herkus Kunčius, Gintaras Grajauskas in the Lviv International Literary Festival.

2016, September 8-11th – “The Literary Gathering of Krasnagrūda” in Poland, an international event organized by the LWU.

2016, June 27th – July 3rd – Lithuanian-Georgian literary translations workshop in Vilnius, entitled “The Sails of Lithuanian Literature”.

2016, May 23-25th – participation of writers Birutė Jonuškaitė and Nijolė Kliukaitė-Kepenienė in the First Literature Forum on Cultural Cooperation between China and Central European Countries.

2016, May 15-29th – Poetry Spring, an international festival. Participants from overseas: Dennis Nurkse (USA), Halyna Kruk (Ukraine), Ibrahim Nasrallah (Palestine), Mario Bojorquez (Mexico), Mircea Dinescu (Romania), Polina Barskova (Russia/USA), Vojtech Kučera (Czech Republic).

2016, May 9-15th – participation of poets Marius Burokas and Vladas Braziūnas in the international Mihai Eminescu Poetry Festival in Crajova (Romania).

2016, March 22-24th – participation of poets Marius Burokas and Aušra Kaziliūnaitė in the Baltic Writers Council Assembly in Visby (Sweden).

2016, February 12-14th – participation of poets M. Burokas and D. Čepauskaitė in poetry festival „Veršy na asfalce“, organized by Belarusian P.E.N. Club in Minsk.

2015, November 10th – Lithuanian and Belarusian poetry readings in I. Lohvinav bookstore, Minsk. Participant poets: D. Čepauskaitė, A. A. Jonynas, A. Valionis ir M. Valiukas.

2015, November 20th – Lithuanian writers’ soirée in Lublin, organized by literary magazine “Akcent” and Radio Lublin. Participant writers: V. Braziūnas, A. A. Jonynas, B. Jonuškaitė.

2015, October 21-25th – “Polyphonics in Lviv”, a Forum of Lithuanian, Moldavian, Belarusian and Ukranian writers, occurring second year in a row as a continuation of the International Writers Forum in Lutsk. Writers A. Ališauskas, M. Burokas, V. Braziūnas, D. Gintalas, V. Dekšnys, G. Norvilas, S. Poisson, V. Rudžianskas took part in translation workshop. Art centre „Dziga“ hosted two readings of the participants’ artwork.

2015, September 17-20th – participation of writers I. Aleksaitė, E. Ališanka, S. Birgelis, V. Braziūnas, D. Gintalas, G. Grajauskas, A. A. Jonynas, B. Jonuškaitė, R. Šileika, M. Valiukas in “The Literary Gathering of Krasnagrūda” (Sejny, Poland).

2015, September 10-13th – participation of poets N. Daujotytė, G. Grajauskas, A. A. Jonynas and D. Kajokas in the Literary Festival of Lviv Publisher Forum.

2015, September 10-11th – participation of poets D. Gintalas, G. Kazlauskaitė, M. Nastaravičius and A. Valionis in “Poetry Days” festival, Riga. The Lithuanian authors’ evening was organized in the Latvian National Library. The poets also participated in a literary feast at residence of Pėters Brūveris, a Latvian poet and translator.

2015, March 25-30th – participation of writer L. Degėsys in the Baltic Writers Council Assembly in Visby (Sweden).

2015, February 15th – LWU was visited by B. Bartfeld, the Chairman of Kaliningrad Writers’ Union. The guest has met Lithuanian writers, discussed the plans of cooperation between the writers of Lithuania and Kaliningrad, as well as presented the Kaliningrad writers’ almanack “Baltija” (Nr. 1 publication of 2014) which represents creative works of Lithuanian poets.

2015, February 14-15th – participation of poets G. Grajauskas and G. Kazlauskaitė in poetry festival „Veršy na asfalce“, organized by Belarusian P.E.N. Club in Minsk.

2014, December 5-7th – visit in Riga by the LWU Chairman A. Jonynas, International programmes coordinator V. Dekšnys and writer A. Jakučiūnas. They have met the representatives of Latvian Writers’ Union, Latvian Literature Center, „Apgads Mansards“ publishing office, „Latvju teksti“ magazine, Lithuanian Center of University of Latvia and translators of Lithuanian literature. Future plans for cooperation were discussed and literary festival „Prozas lasijumi 2014“ was attended.

2014, October 28-29th – participation of writers E. Ališanka, M. Burokas, S. Kašauskas, D. Mušinskas and literaturologist D. Mitaitė in the memorial events for K. Donelaitis 300 years anniversary and Donelaitis Museum 35 years anniversary in Tolminkiemis.

2014, October 21-25th – “Polyphonics in Lviv”, a Forum of Lithuanian, Moldavian, Belarusian and Ukranian writers, occurring second year in a row as a continuation of the International Writers Forum in Lutsk. Writers V. Dekšnys, G. Grajauskas, A. Jonynas, B. Jonuškaitė, D. Petrošius, V. Rudžianskas, M. Valiukas participated in translation workshop. Art centre „Dziga“ hosted two readings of the participants’ artwork. Continuation of the project was envisaged for 2015.

2014, October 15th – LWU is visited by secretary of Ukrainian Writers’ Union S. Hrabar, writer P. Volvač and translator of Lithuanian literature to Ukrainian language V. Žurba. The future plans for cooperation were discussed with attending representatives of the LWU: the chairman A. Jonynas, deputy chairman B. Jonuškaitė and international programmes coordinator V. Dekšnys.

2014, October 10th – LWU is visited by A. Burszta ir A. Olszewska, the representatives of Polish publishing office „Biuro Literackie“. The future plans regarding translations and publications were discussed with attending representatives of the LWU, the deputy chairman B. Jonuškaitė and international programmes coordinator V. Dekšnys.

2014, September 10-12th – participation of writers I. Aleksaitė, E. Ališanka, V. Braziūnas, M. Burokas, A. A. Jonynas, S. Parulskis, K. Platelis in “The Literary Gathering of Krasnagrūda” (Sejny, Poland).

2014, June 30th – July 3rd – translation workshop for Lithuanian and Georgian writers in the LWU writers’ retreat “Plunksna”, Nida. Participant writers: V. Kalvaitis, R.Latvėnaitė-Kairienė, D. Mušinskas, J. Šikšnelis.

2014, March 25-29th – participation of writer L. Degėsys in the Baltic Writers Council Assembly in Visby (Sweden).

2013, November 18-25th – translation workshop „Lietuviška poezija Donelaičio žemėje“ for Lithuanian and Kaliningrad writers took place in Kaliningrad (Russia). Participant poets: D. Gintalas, L. Katkus, G. Latakas, M. Nastaravičius, D. Petrošius, A. Šimkus, A. Valionis. Creative works translated by these authors is represented in Kaliningrad writers’ almanack “Baltija” (Nr. 1 publication of 2014).

2013, November 1-4th – participation of writers G. Norvilas, A. Lapinskienė, M. Burokas, G. Adomaitytė, A. Ališauskas, K. Platelis, V. Rudžianskas, V. Asovskis, D. Tamošaitytė, A. Jonynas in readings of Lithuanian literature and discussions in Grodno and Pelesa (Belarus).

2013, August 19-21st – participation of writers I. Aleksaitė, V. Braziūnas, V. Dekšnys, A. Jonynas, B. Jonuškaitė in “The Literary Gathering of Krasnagrūda” (Sejny, Poland).

2013, June 10-15th – translation workshop for Lithuanian and Georgian writers in the LWU writers’ retreat “Diemedis”, Palanga. Participant writers: V. Asovskis, O. Jautakė, V. Morkūnas, P. Rakštikas.

2013, March 26-30th – participation of writer L. Degėsys in the Baltic Writers Council Assembly in Visby (Sweden).

2013, February 23rd – the chairman of LWU A. Jonynas and international programmes coordinator D. Petrošius met A. Livergant, the chief editor of literary translations journal „Inostrannaja literatura“ (Russia) during the Vilnius Book Fair 2013. Establishment of contacts concluded in agreement to assist in preparation of the upcoming number of journal which would be dedicated to contemporary Lithuanian literature.

2012, November 6th – presentation of creative works of the classic Flemish poet Anton van Wilderode in the LWU. This event was co-organized with the Flanders Agency by the Embassy of Belgium and the International Association Anton van Wilderode. Participant poetry translator: Antanas Gailius.

2012, September 25-29th – International Writers’ Forum in Lutsk (Ukraine) organized by the LWU and Administration of Volhynia region. It was attended by writers from Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Moldova. Event list included workshop of literary translations, book exhibition in memory of painter R. Orantas, monodrama by Birutė Mar, poetical and musical composition entitled „Magnus Ducatus Poesis“. Participant writers: E. Ališanka, M. Burokas, V. Dekšnys, V. Gužauskis, A. Jakučiūnas, A. Jonynas, B. Jonuškaitė, D. Petrošius, V. Rudžianskas, A. Šlepikas.

2012, June 26th – July 1st – participation of poet D. Petrošius in „Poetry Parnassus“, the world poetry festival (London).

2012, March 27-31st – participation of writer L. Degėsys in the Baltic Writers Council Assembly in Visby (Sweden).

2011, June 15-21st – translation workshop for Lithuanian and Georgian writers in the LWU writers’ retreat “Diemedis”, Palanga. The title of this workshop was “Status of a female writer in modern society”. Participant writers: G. Adomaitytė, L. S. Černiauskaitė, N. Kliukaitė-Kepenienė, N. Raižytė, J. Survilaitė.

LWU has been a member of the European Writers’ Council since 1992, also a member of the Baltic Writers Council and the Three Seas Council since 1997. LWU is participating in the international projects “Baltic Ring” (supported by the EU programme Culture 2000), “TransEuropaExpress”, “Littera Baltica”. LWU nominates yearly candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

LWU collaborates with these associations, based on bilateral agreement:

Latvian Writers’ Union;
Polish Writers’ Union;
Swedish Writers’ Union;
Slovenian Writers’ Union;
Marburg Writers’ Organisation (Germany);
Authors’ Alliance of Graz (Austria);
Finnish Writers’ Union;
Croatian Writers’ Union;
St. Petersburg Writers’ Union (Russia);
Israeli Hebrew Writers’ Union.

 

Current Projects

In 2016 the LWU has implemented the following projects:

“LWU participation in the international events 2016” (“Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos dalyvavimas tarptautiniuose renginiuose 2016”)

“The Sails of Lithuanian Literature” (“Lietuvių literatūros burės”)

“The Literary Gathering of Krasnogruda” (“Krasnagrūdos literatūrinis seimelis”)

“Polyphonics in Lviv – the 4th International Forum of Lithuanian, Moldavian, Belarusian and Ukranian literature” (“Daugiabalsė Lvove – IV-asis tarptautinis lietuvių, moldavų, baltarusių ir ukrainiečių literatūros forumas”)