UCL European Institute


European Literary Map of London Writer in Residency Programme

We are delighted to launch a Writer in Residency programme from 2023/24, linked to the European Literary Map of London and the European Writers’ Festival.

Why a Writer in Residency programme? 

By offering a Writer in Residency programme, our aspiration is to build on UCL’s position as “London’s global university” and to support new writing on London from a European perspective, adding to the diversity of the Map, strengthening the longstanding cultural ties between the UK and mainland Europe, and supporting the profile and visibility of writers working in languages other than English in the United Kingdom. 

About the Residency 

The UCL European Literary Map of London Writer in Residency programme offers the opportunity to a European writer, proposed by a relevant European National Institute for Culture as part of the curation process for the European Writers’ Festival, to spend four weeks in London, based at UCL, with full access to UCL facilities (e.g. office space, library, archives).  

The selected writer is supported to produce an original piece of writing on London, and to engage with one or more of the European Literary Map of London key themes, ultimately to be included on the online Map. In 2023/24, accommodation has been generously provided by the Goethe-Institut London. 


Brokered by the European Institute, the Residency is the product of a partnership with Rosie Goldsmith, curator of the European Writers’ Festival and Director of the European Literature Network and EUNIC London. 

We are grateful for the support of many teams across UCL, notably the London Office, Grand Challenges and Global Engagement, whose support made this project possible. 

Joanna Elmy (23/24)

Joanna Elmy

UCL European Literary Map of London Writer in Residence 2024

Larisa Faber (23/24)

Larisa Faber

Collaborating with the European Literary Map of London