AIRY Literature

Welcome to AIRY Literature in Northern Sweden! Last day of application March 20, 2024

The County Council of Västernorrland and Hola Folkhögskola is announcing a working-class literature residency for published authors in Prästmon, Sweden in September 2024. Hola offers an inspiring rural and beautiful environment to stay in.

About Hola and The County of Västernorrland

Hola Folkhögskola, a school similar to a community college, has a long tradition of offering a creative and beautiful environment for people working in the fields of literature, music, sound and art. The school aims to develop into a center for literature and writing in the region and has a wide network in Northern Sweden.

The school is situated on the shore of the Ångermanälven river, close to The High Coast World Heritage – an area of magnificent, unspoilt nature with many historical places and environments. The County of Västernorrland was early industrialized in the 1800´s and has a rich tradition of working-class writers.

Despite its rural location, it is fairly easy to get to Hola since the college has a train station (Västeraspby) and an airport (Höga Kusten Airport) nearby.

About Working-Class Literature

We welcome applications from published authors active in the broad field of working-class literature. This can include different forms of expressions such as prose, poetry, graphic novels, essays and biography.

For more information about the literary genre working-class literature, please see:

Working-Class Literature(s): Historical and International Perspectives.  Magnus Nilsson, John Lennon, Stockholm University Press, 2017 (


The residency aims give authors a possibility to focus on their writing, there is however no requirement for artistic production during the residency.

As residence author, we expect you to:

  • Do at least one talk about your work and participate in at least one group event together with other AIRY artists.
  • Do a presentation about your work for the writing students at Hola.
  • Write a shorter text about your stay at Hola (maximum 2 pages).


We provide a private room (17 m²) with an en-suite bathroom. Hola Folkhögskola has a drug and alcohol-free policy.

Period of residence
September 2024

Duration of the residency: 4 Weeks

Paid by host

  • A grant of 25 000 SEK
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Paid by artist

  • Travel (can be covered by the grant)
  • Insurance

Application deadline

March 20, 2024

How to apply

Send your application as one (1) PDF of max 8 MB. The application needs to contain:

  • List of merits including information about your 3-5 latest publications with title, year published and publisher (max 2 pages).
  • Description of how you define your authorship as working-class literature (max 2000 characters incl. spaces).
  • Description of your plans during your residency (max 2000 characters incl. spaces).
  • Work samples, 5-10 pages in Swedish or English (or translations to these languages).

The residency is open for international as well as Swedish applications. This means that you do not need to write in Swedish, be a Swedish citizen or live in Sweden to be able to apply.

Mark your application “Artist in Residence Literature 24RUN66” in the subject line of your email and send it to:

Last day of apply: March 20, 2024.

You are very welcome with your application!


Cecilia Dahlbäck

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