On December 13, writers Lula Carballo, Marie-Denise Douyon and Maude Jarry were awarded a $15,000 grant for a writing and cultural mediation residency in Montréal’s public libraries.
These residencies will take place between May and November 2023. The recipients will split their time between literary creation work and a cultural mediation project for the public. Lula Carballo’s residency will take place at Bibliothèque L’Octogone (borough of LaSalle). Marie-Denise Douyon’s residency will take place in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce’s two libraries, Bibliothèque Côte-des-Neiges and Bibliothèque interculturelle. Maude Jarry will complete her residency at Bibliothèque du Plateau-Mont-Royal in the borough of the same name.
The jury selected Lula Carballo’s cultural mediation project, which consists of workshops on handmade livre d’art books for various audiences. Marie-Denise Douyon captured the jury’s attention with her project on proverbs and illustrated tales, designed to help the elderly reduce their isolation and stimulate the imagination. Maude Jarry won the jury over with a mediation and creation project tackling the theme of death with curiosity, honesty and creativity.
Each grant consists of $13,000 from the Conseil des arts de Montréal and $2,000 from the host library.
For the seventh consecutive year, these library residencies for writers were made possible through a partnership between the Conseil and the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ), in collaboration with Montréal’s public libraries. The purpose of these residencies is to familiarize the public with the literary writing process and allow writers to complete a cultural mediation project in collaboration with the community at the participating library while pursuing their own creative project.