M Literary Residency 2016-2017
Applications for the 2016-2017 M Literary Residency open on May 1, 2015 and close on June 12, 2015. To apply, and for guidelines and procedures, click here.
M Literary Residency Recipients 2015-2016
India: Giles Hazelgrove
Shanghai: Eleanor Goodman.
To read the press release, including the winner's bios and their projects, click here.
M Literary Residents Talk About Their Residency Experience
We asked our previous M Literary Residents to tell us about their Residency experiences, and how the Residencies benefited their writing. If you're considering applying for an upcoming Residency, be sure to read the testimonials below:
Tash Aw, Shanghai 2010.
"What I found in Shanghai was a glorious inversion of the luxuries offered by other residencies .... I lived alone in the middle of a city of twenty million people, looked out at skyscrapers and listened to the noise of traffic all day. And I wrote more than I had ever written, at home or on a residency."
To read Tash's full testimonial, click here.
Colie Hoffman, India, 2010.
"Having so much unencumbered time to create allowed me to focus on the work itself ... so while I finished fewer poems than I had hoped, they were better ones."
Francesca Marciano, India 2011.
"I feel that my work has been affected by the very unique atmosphere one breathes at Sangham. I realised, as the days went by, that every day my writing gained speed and fluency. Not just that, I also felt that more ideas, insights and epiphanies were coming at me, sprouting like flowers at unexpected moments. I think I reached a level of clarity and peacefulness that allowed me to work without anxiety, self-censorship, and with a sense of brightness that really helped me move forward."
For Francesca's full testimonial, click here.
Rachel DeWoskin, Shanghai 2011.
"The residency gave me time, language, space and the resources to do exactly the research I needed. I was wildly inspired during my months in Shanghai. That summer was the most generous and intellectually open opportunity I could possibly have had..."
For Rachel's full testimonial, click here.
Karen Jennings, India 2012
"My three months of writing at Sangam House have been the best three months of my entire life. The surroundings are so idyllic that it is possible to forget that anything exists outside ... Most significantly though, the three months gave me the opportunity to complete a first draft of a manuscript."
To read Karen's full testimonial, click here.
Madeleine Thien, Shanghai 2013
"My time [in Shanghai] had an intensity, immediacy and solitude almost unmatched in my entire life. This solitude and freedom were a tremendous gift to the novel and to my imaginative life. I rarely use the term life-changing, but these three months were life-changing for me."
To read Madeleine's full testimonial, click here.
Glenn Diaz, India 2013
"The most priceless gift of the fellowship is the education that could only come from being in a place, by forming a community with people who share a deep understanding of what it means to love a thing fiercely, be it writing or art or people or country."
To read Glenn's full testimonial, click here.
Liam Pieper, India 2014
"The ebb and flow of each day reshaped itself around the work of writing; thought, typing, redrafting, brooding, with no solace to be found from one’s own mind and the imperative to write. I wrote and wrote and wrote, twice as well as I usually manage, eight times as much."
To read Liam's full testimonial, click here.
Jeet Thayil, Shanghai 2014 - to come
The M Literary Residency
The M Literary Residency Programme, fully funded by M Restaurants, grew from our Literary Festivals, as we heard from writers about what was needed to nurture and produce the best writing in this region.
The M Literary Residencies have been established to disseminate a broader knowledge of contemporary life and writing in India and China today and to foster deeper intellectual, cultural and artistic links across individuals and communities.
Click here to read Calling for Writers in Residence, about the M Literary Residency (Shanghai Daily, May 17 2013).
Listen: Interview with Michelle Garnaut on the M Literary Residency
To listen to an interview with Michelle Garnaut, CEO of M Restaurant Group, discussing the M Literary Residency and the M Restaurants on Hong Kong's local radio station RTHK 3 (25 May, 2012), click here.