Socially Inclusive Literature Operation

Socially Inclusive Literature Operation


Project Leader: UC Limburg BE

Aarhus Public Libraries DK

Aarhus Universitet DK

Association Krokodil RS

CÂmara Municipal da Madalenado Pico PT

Cultuurhuis de Warande BE

Fundación Uxío Novoneyra ES

Szepirok Tarsasaga HU

Maximum Grant Awarded: 199.983,39 €

SILO makes accessible foreign European literature for everyone, especially for groups that do not normally come into contact with literature. From a participatory approach we involve different citizens (refugees, hospital patients, young adults, prisoners, secondary school students, and elderly people). We work “outreach”: we organize events in their daily context. During those events we create situations where everyone can take the role as writer or as storyteller. So, we create a narrative community where sharing stories is central. By doing this, we create an opportunity to talk about foreign literature. During every event there will always be a (foreign) writer. A framework for organizing participatory literature events is an important project result.

On a digital platform we share stories from the narrative community: a social medium where everyone can share narratives in different forms (text, image, sound …)Thestories on this platform can provide inspiration to write new stories or to organize literary, participatory events. Educators (social workers, cultural workers and teachers) are a key target group. They will use the developed participatory framework for literature events, allowing them to engage new audiences, who are otherwise hard to reach.

Our consortium is suitable to achieve this ambitious goal. We have a mix of expertise: the literary world (library, writers), participatory experts (UCLL), experience in interdisciplinary work (UCLL, Aarhus U, cultural centers), policy (PICO). This means that we can realize our goal at local, regional, national and international levels. In Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Serbia, Portugal and Spain, we will reach new audiences at events. In other countries will also provide inspiration through the online platform. Coming from different sectors, we can disseminate results via very different network organizations, inspiring other organizations in using our participatory framework for audience engagement.