October 19, 2012
University of Glamorgan Professor, poet and novelist Christopher Meredith, has been awarded the Translators’ House Wales/HALMA international scholarship for 2012/2013.
He will spend two separate month-long writing residencies abroad, supported by the HALMA network of literary houses – the first in Finland at the end of October and the second in Slovenia in the New Year.
The scholarship stems from Translators’ House Wales/Tŷ Cyfieithu Cymru’s membership of HALMA, which connects and co-ordinates 27 literature and translation centres across Europe. The first residency is at an art nouveau wooden writers and translators’ house in Jyväskylä in the north of Finland while Christopher will travel to Novo Mesto in Slovenia in January for the second residency where he will be hosted by Goga publishers.
Professor Meredith has won a number of awards for his writing, including an Eric Gregory Award, the Arts Council of Wales Young Writer Prize and the Fiction Prize for his first novel, Shifts. His fourth novel, The Book of Idiots, was published this year by Seren Books and has been selected by Wales Literature Exchange for its 2012/2013 Bookcase.
He said, “Winning the HALMA scholarship is a great honour, but much more than that it’s a chance for me to learn and to grow as a writer. I intend to work on poems and fictions with their feet in the earth of my own home patch, but also to work with whatever unexpected things present themselves to me in these two countries.”
Living in Brecon, one of Christopher’s recent projects was a series of commissioned poems about the eroding peat on the Black Mountains as part of the Bog~Mawnog exhibition. He hopes to spend time further develop this work for full publication during his forthcoming residencies abroad.