Writer Residency at the Toji Cultural Foundation 2019. Alberto Torres Blandina

Writer Residency at the Toji Cultural Foundation 2019. Alberto Torres Blandina

Alberto Torres Blandina is the Spanish writer selected to carry out the residency programme at the Toji Cultural Foundation (Korea) between September 1 and November 30, 2019. This residential programme wants to promote the exchange between Spain and Korea of artists and professionals of the cultural sector.  With this initiative, the organizing entities want to facilitate the creation of artistic networks, promote the mobility of national creators abroad, encourage creative production through the offer of residences for creators and culture professionals in all areas and strengthen the links between cultural institutions of Korea and Spain.

Alberto Torres Blandina was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1976. He is part of the Valencian literary group Postmodern Hotel. He has published the novels: "Cosas que nunca ocurrirían en Tokio", and "Niños rociando gato con gasolina", in 2009; "Mapa desplegable del laberinto", in 2011; "Con el frío", of 2015 and "Contra los lobos", published in 2016. As well as the collective works: "Hotel Postmoderno", published in 2008; "De La Habana un barco" and "Suicídame", from 2010. He has also published children's literature with "El aprendiz de héroe", from 2009. He was finalist of the 2008 Café Gijón prize with his novel "Niños spicing cat with gasoline" and finalist of the Azorín prize for the 2008 novel with "Hotel Postmoderno". As well as winner of the international prize of novel The Two Rivers 2007 with his novel "Things that would never happen in Tokyo" and winner of the Europe Award of the Médiathèque de Bussy Saint-Georges to the best foreign novel.

On the other hand the Korean Kim Jung Haeng (pen name: Kim Ho Yeon) has been the selected author to enjoy the residence in Madrid. Kim Jung Haeng has written the novels "Fauster" (April 2019), "The Ghostwriters" (2017), "The Romantic Rival" (2015) and "Mangwondong Brothers" (2013) which received the Segye-Literary Award. He has also written the adaptation of this novel to the theater "Mangwondong Brothers" (2017, Artplace Hyehwa), the adapted screenplay "The Fortress" (2017) and "Shoot the Sun" (2015).

Deadline: 17 March 2019

The residency for the chosen Spanish author includes:
- Return flights, in economy class, from the author’s home city in Spain to South Korea.
- Accommodation at the Toji Cultural Foundation.
- Meals at the Toji Cultural Foundation dining hall:
- From Mondays to Fridays (working days): breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Working Saturdays: only breakfast and lunch.
- The dining hall is closed on Saturday evenings, Sundays and holidays. Dinner on Saturdays and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Sundays and holidays will be at the Spanish resident’s own expense.
- Internet access and library services, including the loan of books and research material from the library of Yonsei University Wonju Campus.
- Any other expenses not listed above will be borne and managed by the Spanish resident selected.
Applicants must:
· Be older than 18.
· Be of Spanish nationality or hold a NIE (foreigners’ ID number) issued by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.
· Have published at least one book with a professional publisher.
Have a B1 level (European framework) command of English or Korean.
· Once the decision has been announced, the selected writer must submit of a copy of their personal ID and prove they have medical insurance to cover any medical contingencies that may arise during the residency.
Applicants must submit the following documentation in Spanish and, preferably, also in English:
· Signed Application Formd (PDF) (in WORD format), agreeing to the conditions of the call for applications.
· Description of the project they are going to work on during the residency: maximum 10,000 characters accompanied by four full consecutive pages of the project (the dossier must be submitted in electronic form).
· Curriculum vitae.
· Cover letter.
· Photograph(s) of the published book(s).
· Press dossier (optional). More information:

For more information and submission of proposals, please write to: indicating in the subject "Writers' Residence Toji Cultural Foundation". In the case of heavy files (over 3 MB), please use the platform or similar.
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