Two candidates from Wales have been selected to take part in the 2022/2023 Ulysses' Shelter 3 residency programme.
photo by AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy
Ruqaya Izzidien is an Iraqi-Welsh writer, editor, and sensitivity reader currently focusing on the representation of Arab and Muslim communities. She was educated in Lampeter, Wales and then at Durham University where she studied Modern Languages (Spanish and Arabic) with Middle Eastern Politics and French. Her debut novel The Watermelon Boys won a Betty Trask Award for first-time novelists under 35, and Arabic-language rights have recently been sold. The book hit the top 600 on all Amazon titles and was reviewed in multiple media outlets. She is represented by Curtis Brown, and her second novel Tick Bloom is currently on submission and was awarded a Northern Writers Award as well as a Society of Authors K Blundell grant for works-in-progress. She was a contributing writer in the essay collection, Just So You Know, which featured chapters from marginalised Welsh writers.As owner of the blog Muslim Impossible she reviews prejudiced and inaccurate depictions of Muslims in TV, film, and literature and has had work featured in New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, BBC, Al-Jazeera and she has regularly contributed to the New Statesman, Al Araby, Al Jazeera and The National until 2018. She reported from post-revolution Egypt and from the Gaza Strip, including photostories and since 2018 she is long-term consultant for UK-based development agencies providing copywriting and editing for scripts, annual reports, fundraising campaigns, billboards, adverts, and websites. She was selected for the Ulysses' Shelter 3 residency programme in October 2022 and will travel to Malta to take up her residency.
Esyllt Angharad Lewis is a freelance artist, translator and editor. She has a passion for writing, speech and drawing and for bringing them into dialogue to communicate tensions around identity, language and minority culture in the context of homogenisation and capitalism. She co-edits Cyhoeddiadau’r Stamp, a Welsh-language independent press, and mwnwgl, a journal of experimental artistic writing. During 2017, 2019 + 2020, she drew every day, posting the outcomes on @esyllt_esylit through a desire to share creativity in the face of the commodification of social media. She is continuously examining how we can better communicate, both orally and visually through problematising translation through professional work, personal practice and collaboration. This work includes tailoring a unique approach to creative translation for arts organisations such as Peak Cymru, Sway Barry + The (Future) Wales Coast Path, and exploring subversive literary translation.
The candidates chosen by the partner organisations are:
Culture Reset, Prague: Jan Škrob, Marek Torčík
Inizjamed, Valetta: Jake Buttigieg, Matthew Schembri
Krokodil, Belgrade: Ivana Maksić, Ognjen Aksentijević
Sandorf, Mljet: Marina Gudelj, Sven Popović
Slovene Writers' Association, Ljubljana: Tibor Hrs Pandur, Ajda Bračič, Sergej Harlamov
Thraka, Larissa: Tonia Tzirita Zacharatou, Marios Chatziprokopiou