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Ledig-Rowohlt Foundation and Its Mission

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L’esprit de la Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt

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The Château de Lavigny International Writers’ Residence was founded by the late Jane Rowohlt in memory of her husband, the German publisher, Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt. Her wish was to bequeath their home, the Château de Lavigny, for a writers’ residence offering and fostering “a spirit of international community and creativity.”

While Ledig-Rowohlt published Albert Camus, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Günther Grass, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Harold Pinter, Jean-Paul Sartre, and many other key twentieth century writers, he always looked for new voices. In that spirit, the Residence encourages emerging writers as well as established ones to apply. It looks for writers interested in exchanging their ideas as well as concentrating on their own work.

Following Jane Rowohlt's death, a small, dedicated international committee of writers and administrators agreed to serve as volunteers to create this institution. They worked together to bring the first group of residents in 1996. Since then, the Château de Lavigny has welcomed some 500 writers. The château's current selection committe members are Anna Bourgeois, Fawzia Assaad, Françoise Müller, Lang-Hoan Pham, Ghislaine Dunant and Ellen Hinsey, and the director of the writer's residence is Sophie Kandaouroff.

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La résidence internationale pour écrivains au Château de Lavigny a été fondée par Jane Rowohlt en mémoire de son époux, l’éditeur allemand Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt. Son vœu était de faire de leur domicile, le Château de Lavigny, une résidence pour écrivains désireux de partager « un esprit de communauté internationale propice à la création ».

Ledig-Rowohlt, qui publiait Albert Camus, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Günther Grass, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Harold Pinter, Jean-Paul Sartre et bien d’autres grands écrivains du XXème siècle, cherchait inlassablement de nouvelles voix. La Fondation, fidèle à cet esprit, soutient aussi bien les jeunes auteurs que ceux déjà reconnus. Elle souhaite favoriser ceux qui désirent échanger des idées tout en travaillant à leur œuvre propre.

Initialement, un petit groupe composé de bénévoles et de gens de lettres de divers pays s’est engagé à donner vie à ce projet. Ensemble, ils ont travaillé à faire venir le premier groupe de résidents en 1996. Depuis, le Château de Lavigny a accueilli quelque 500 écrivains, et de nouveaux membres ont rejoint le comité d'organisation. Les membres du comité de sélection actuel sont Anna Bourgeois, Fawzia Assaad, Françoise Müller, Lang-Hoan Pham, Ghislaine Dunant and Ellen Hinsey, et la directrice de la résidence est Sophie Kandaouroff.

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A fantastic place to work, among angels!
— Pat Boran (IRELAND) 2015
Tout est si beau ici : je venais pour écrire, pour re-plonger dans les drames de la destruction... ./. il m’a semblé que cela allait être difficile, impossible, antithétique,... ./. Et puis, la chance: depuis 3 ou 4 jours, enfin le vrai départ... le rythme, les phrases, la vie d’avant... ./. J’ai pu maintenant commencer un autre livre, ici. Merci!
— Assia Djebar (ALGERIE) 1998

 

 

FORMER RESIDENTS

2017

Chawki Amari, Algérie - Zsófia Bán, Hongrie - Nicole Bary, France - Vonani Bila, Afrique du sud - Barbara Fontaine, France - Nicolae Coande, Roumanie - Amina Gautier, USA - Zadig Hamroune, France/Algérie - Kamil Hatimi, Maroc - Sarah Holland-Batt, Australie - Fatou Kandé Senghor, Sénégal - Judith Kuckart, Allemagne - Suji Kwock Kim, Corée/USA/GB - Pablo Llambias, Danemark - Sanja Lovrenčić, Croatie - Shelly Oria, Israel/USA - Gjertrud Schnackenberg, USA - Claire Scobie, Australie - Marina Skalova, Allemagne/Russie - Yung-Shan Tsou, Taiwan

2016

Clément Bénech, France - Rich Benjamin, USA - Julia Deck, France - Luke Fischer, Australia - Katica Garoska Avevska, Republic of Macedonia - Denis Hirson, South Africa/France - Monique Ilboudo, Burkina Faso - Anna Matveeva, Russia - Susan Mc Kay, Ireland - Diane Meur, Belgium - Brian Nelson, Australia/UK -  - Ben Okri, Nigeria/UK - Jean-Pierre Orban, France/Belgium - Tom Pow, UK - Adine Sagalyn, USA/France - Gabor Schein, Hungary - Vladimir Sharov, Russia - Anni Sumari, Finland - Consuelo Trivino-Anzona, Colombia - Anne von Canal, Germany - Jakob Zigunas, Australia/Poland

2015

Raluca Antonescu, Switzerland - Tulsi Badrinath, India - Hajar Bali, Algeria -  Pat Boran, Ireland - Elena Bossi, Argentina - Mathieu Boutin, Canada - Constance Chlore, Belgium - Stuart Dischell, USA - Evan Fallenberg, Israel - Nathalie Handal, USA - Fabienne Jacob, France - Kamal, India - Nadine Pinede, USA/Canada/Haïti - Silvia Pozzi, Italy - Chris Price, New Zealand - Philippe Rahmy, Switzerland - Piotr Sommer, Poland - Eva Tind, Danemark - Katrina Tuvera, Philippines - Sholeh Wolpé, Iran/USA.

2014            
Géraldine Barbe, France- Zdenka Becker, Austria/Slovakia - Sarah Butler, UK - Anca Cristofovici, France/Romania - Jason Donald, UK -  Sylvie Gracia, France - Barbara Gruszka-Zych, Poland - Franck André Jamme, France - Mario Kaiser, Germany - Luis S. Krausz, Brazil - Anton Kruger, South Africa- Nikita Kuznetsov, Russia - Janine Massard, Switzerland - Neva Micheva, Bulgaria - Armenuhi Sisyan, Armenia - Minakshi Thakur, India - João Tordo,  Portugal - Tuccelli, Jessica, USA/Italy -  Malika Wagner, France - Grace Wells, Ireland/UK        

2013              
Biagini, Elisa, Italy - Boehm, Philip, USA - Bogin, Magda, USA - Clark, Ben, Spain/UK - Diarra, Ousmane, Mali - Evans, Julian, UK - Hrbek, Greg, USA - Kehayan, Nina, France - Khaled, Mai, Egypt - Klimova, Maroussia, Russia - McAdams, Janet, USA - Markin, Alexander, Russia - Peer, Alexander, Austria - Provoost, Anne, Belgium - Sakhawarz, Bashir,  Afghanistan - Salem Levy, Tatiana, Brazil - Skov, Leonora Christina, Denmark - Tuszynska, Agata, Poland - Volevich, Irina, Russia - Wilmos, Béatrice, France        

2012              
Cennamo, Laurent, Switzerland - Costa Gomes, Luisa, Portugal - Cracknell, Linda,  Scotland - Devibharathi, India - Fiedler, Heike, Germany/Switzerland - Fives, Carole, France - Guttman, Naomi, USA/Canada - Hubbard, Tom, UK - Husum, Lars, Denmark - Jallo, Zainabu, Nigeria - Korinek, Otakar, Slovakia - Mendes Rosa, Pedro, Portugal - Meyer, Ole, Denmark - Pritchard, Melissa, USA - Shree, Geetanjali, India - Singh, Jaspreet,   Canada/India - Skaragas, Gianni, Greece -  Stantcheva, Roumiana, Bulgaria - Zeller, Eva   Germany - Zeppa, Jamie, Canada        

2011              
Amin, Nora, Egypt - Busino, Jean-Jacques, Switzerland - Butlin, Ron, Scotland - Chanel, Anne-Laure, France - Claire, Regi, Scotland/Switzerland - Feldbach, Inna, Estonia - Frost, Elisabeth, USA - Hauserova, Eva, Czech Republic - Hulse, Michael, UK - Kupriyanov, Viacheslav, Russia - Lenkowska, Krystyna, Poland - Lokuge, Chandani, Australia - Martirosyan, Vahram, Armenia - Ngenelwa, Thembelani, South Africa - Nimrod, France/Chad - Revard, Carter, USA - Roman, Jacques, Switzerland/France - Shakespeare, Nicholas, UK - Surani, Moez, Canada - Trodden, Katarina, Sweden - Wuang, China        

2010              
Appelfeld, Aharon, Israel - Banionyté-Gerviené, Stasé, Lithuania - Belber, Stephen, USA - Bilotserkivets, Natalia, Ukraine - Brécart, Anne, Switzerland - Casey, Maud, USA - Dewedy, Mahesh Chandra, India - Dewedy, Neerja, India - Fabbri, Sandrine, Switzerland - Fries, Kenny, Canada/USA - Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, Ewa, USA/Poland - La Farge, Paul, USA - Lambert, Stéphane, Belgium - Lennon, Joan, Scotland/Canada - Mc Alpine, Rachel, New Zealand - Morozova, Elena, Russia - Mosneron Dupin, Thibaut, France - Muzanenhamo, Togara, Zimbabwe - Russotto, Margherita, USA/Italy - Ryabchuk, Mykola, Ukraine - Singh, Suneeti, UK/India - Smith, Morelle, Scotland - Stephan, Susanne, Germany - Tchouhov, Petar, Bulgaria - Umezurike, Uchechukwu Peter, Nigeria - van Schalkwyk, Tania, South Africa/Mauritius/Ger - Von Dach Guesnan, Yla, Suisse        

2009              
Asmarani Rosalba, Indonesia - Bettega Amilcar, Brazil - Carrascoza Joao, Brazil - Cherchesov Alan, Russia - Coppel Judith, France - De Juan José Luis, Spain - Duff Micheline, Canada- Greeff Rachelle, South Africa - Hibbard Allen, USA - Jaffer Zubeida, South Africa - Keys Kerry, Lithuania/USA - Kobak Annette, UK - Lamwaka Beatrice,   Uganda - Nikolova Antoaneta, Bulgaria - Pètremand Mylène, Switzerland - Petsinis Tom,   Australia - Piazza, Antoine, France - Polonskaya, Anzhelina, Russia - Raihani, Youssef,    Morocco - Rajagopalan, Usha, India - Saran, Mishi, India - Tawfik, Mohamed, Egypt - Vaillancourt, Yves, Canada- Yen, Minju, Switzerland/Taiwan - Zhang, Lijia, China        

2008      
Al-Khamissi Khaled, Egypt- Ball Angela, USA - Baranay Inez, Italy - Barbe Jean-Paul, France - Cañón James, USA - Cavé Jean, France - Dreyer Tom, South Africa - Dilys Rose, Scotland - Errachidi Abdelaziz, Morocco - Galina Maria, Russia - Gee Maggie, UK - Jordan Hillary, USA - Keteleer Hilde, Belgium - Mahloujian Azar, Sweden - Marsella-Marietan Anne, France/USA - Mirjol Christina, France - Nagai Mariko, Japan - Perez Lina Maria, Colombia - Plebanek Grazyna, Poland - Potocnjak Draga, Croatia/Slovenia - Pujade-Renaud Claude, France - Rankin Nicholas, UK - Rozycki Tomasz, Poland - Saidullah, Jawahara India - Shtypel Arkady, Russia - Smith Andrea, USA - Smyth Cherry, UK        

2007              
Anselmo Marielle, France - Tunisia Barris Ken, South Africa - Bergfjor Sissel, Denmark - Cai Tianxin, China - Cruz-Lucero Rosario, Philippines - Gonzalez Rigoberto, Mexico/US - Guldbrandsen Alice, Denmark - Hänninen Anne, Finland - Juvonen Anna-Riikka,   Finland - Kennedy Tom, Denmark/USA - Lagazzi Paolo, Italy - Le Drian Marie, France - Lozinski Mikolaj, Poland - Maestri Vannina, France - Mambrini Simona, Italy - Melnicova Irina, Russia - Mizusaki Noriko, Japan - Monette Madeleine, USA/Canada - Moreno-Caballud Luis, Spain - Moshiri Minou, Iran - Ohlin Alix, Canada/USA -  Petöcz Andras, Hungary - Sivan Jacques, France - Sweeney Matthew, Ireland - Thieck Françoise, France - Tomerini Daniela, Italy - Yavuz Nuran, Turkey - Yu Young-Nan, South Korea  

2006              
Al-Barghouti Tamim, Jordan/Palestine - Aubaude Camille, France - Bleton Claude,    France - Clark George, USA/Zimbabwe - Coias Rui, Portugal - Dunant Ghislaine, France - Günday Hakan, Turkey - Hederman Mark Patrick, Ireland - Johnston Dorothy,  Australia - Kemp Jan, New Zealand - Leonte Carmelia, Romania - Maranan Edgardo, Philippines - McCabe Brian, Scotland - Mehta Amrit, India - Morrissey Sinéad, Northern Ireland - Oakley Ann, UK - Phiri Virginia, Zimbabwe - Riemenschneider Jörg-Dieter, Germany - Shibli Adania, Palestine - Snodgrass Ann, USA - Sorrente Dominique, France - Symmons Sarah, UK - Todd Penelope, New Zealand - Velickovic Dusan, Serbia - Vittoz Dominique, France - Ward Patricia Sarrafian, USA - Wieszner Stefan Ludmilla, Germany        

2005              
Afzal-Khan Fawzia, USA/Pakistan - Aguilar Mila D., Philippines - Ajvaz Michal,Czech Republic - Arima Takashi, Japan - Bachmann Daniel Olivier, Germany - Baixeras Xavier Rodriguez, Spain - Ely Scott, USA - Garisch Dawn, South Africa - Greenberg Alvin, USA - Haahtela Joel, Finland - Holmes Janet, USA - Ludvigson Susan, USA - Magona Sindiwe, South Africa- Melnicova, Irina Russia - Moscaliuc Mihaela, USA/Romania - Mungoshi David, Zimbabwe - Ostashevsky Eugene, USA/Russia - Öztürk Semsa Yegin, Turkey - Rygiert Beate, Germany - Salem Ebtihal, Egypt - Schlossmann Beryl, USA - Smilevski Goce, FYR of Macedonia - Tauragiene Violeta, Lithuania - Toptchian Alexandre, Armenia - Toptchian Anahit, Armenia - Verrey Laurence, Switzerland - Waters Michael, USA - Xi Xu, USA/China - Zawacki Andrew, Slovenia/France/US -  Zdravka Evtimova, Bulgaria        

2004              
Al-Aswany Alaa, Egypt - Al-Mougy Sahar, Egypt - Berková Alexandra, Czech Republic - Bisutti Donatella, Italy - Brossard Nicole, Canada - de Broqueville Huguette, Belgium - Delaporte Florence, France - Dimitrova Kristin, Bulgaria - Ellenbogen George, USA/Canada - Faschinger Lilian, Austria - Fell Alison, UK - Freed Lynn, USA - Greene Jeffrey, USA - Kudryavitsky Anthony, Ireland/Russia - Lafazanovski Ermis, FYR of Macedonia - Linner Barbara, Germany - Lofiego Vivian, France/Argentina - Manickan Sara, Malaysia - Musariri Blessing, Zimbabwe - Ogden Hugh, USA - Pellet Christophe,    France - Rose-Innes Henrietta, South Africa - Shaaban Nagwa, Egypt - Srivastava Atima,   UK - Sticks Igor, Bos.-Herz./Croatia       

2003              
Abinader Elmaz, USA - Brandt Di, Canada - Cambor Kathleen, USA - Chimeloane Rrekgetsi, South Africa- Contamin Laurent, France - Dido E.K.M., South Africa - Duncker Patricia, UK - Eriksen Jens-Martin, Denmark - Fogtdal Peter H., Denmark - Franz Carlos, Chile - Gschwend Ragni Maria, Germany - Huang Bei Ling, China - Jones Tayari, USA - Konstantinov Gueorgui, Bulgaria - Kriseová Eda, Czech Republic - Krog Antjie, South Africa - Laroze Franck, France - Li Leslie, USA - Martin Mircea,  Romania - Nolan Patricia, Ireland - Nomura Kiwao, Japan - Pineda-Botero Álvaro, Spain - Roma Fabio, Italy - Roper Mark, UK - Rozas Ixiar, Spain - Shute Jenefer, UK - Starnino Carmine, Canada - Venclova Tatiana, Russia - Venclova Tomas, Lithuania - Wells Kellie, USA       

2002              
Al-Badry Hala, Egypt - Alison Jane, USA/Australia - Arditti Michael, UK - Balcázar de Bucher Cecilia, Colombia - Blandiana Ana, Romania - Cáccamo Xosé, Spain - Celyn-Jones Russell, UK - Cervenková Jana, Czech Republic - Echevarría Fernando, Portugal - Jaffeux Marc, France - Khemir Mounira, Tunisia - Kinsolving Baumann Susan, USA - Larsen Marianne, Denmark - Metelerkamp Joan, South Africa- Morgan Juan DavidPanama - Murín Gustáv, Slovakia - Mustafaj Besnik, Albania - Paulino-Netto Brigitte, France - Pridal Antonín, Czech Republic - Rusan Romulus, Romania - Shishkin Mikhail, Russia - Sotiropoulos Ersi, Greece - Steven Kenneth, Scotland - Stone Carole, USA - Tawfiq Sahar, Egypt - Torres Anabel, Colombia - Toyton Evelyn, USA - Vallejo Canedo Gaby, Bolivia - Yahp Beth, Australia/Malaysia - Zenie-Ziegler Wedad, Switzerland/Egypt   

2001              
Alexander Meena, USA/India - Al-Tahany Miral, Egypt - Bakr Salwa Ahmed, Egypt - Berold Robert, South Africa - Bönt Ralf, Germany - Czerniawski Adam, Poland - Frost Carol, USA - Frost Richard, USA - Gherman-Tazlauanu Valentina, Moldavia - Gloria Eugene, USA - Grobéty Anne-Lise, Switzerland - Hardie Kerry, Ireland - Hardie Sean, Ireland - Khair Tabish, India - Lakhina Louliana, Russia - Lapinski Igor, Ukraine - Marojevic Igor, Serbia - McCarthy Thomas, Scotland - Megged Aharon, Israel - Olin-Zila Elisabeth, Sweden - Or Amir, Israel - Popov Alek Vassilev, Bulgaria - Pos Sonja,  Netherlands - Roy André, Canada - Sewell John, UK - Suska Dariusz, Poland - Temkina Marina, USA/Russia - Ueberle-Pfaff Maja, Germany - Zabuzhko Oksana, Ukraine - Zoritte-Megged Eda, Israel        

2000              
Brewer Gaylord, USA - Bulkin Kyrlo, Ukraine - Corn Alfred, USA - Dubroff Susanne, USA - Enckell Monique, France - Gallaire Fatima, France - Jeffmar Marianne, Sweden - Kabeš Petr, Czech Republic - Kareninová Anna, Czech Republic - Kassem Mahmoud   Egypt - Kaur Parm, UK - Keegan Claire, Ireland - Kharitonov Mark, Russia - Kniazeva Marina, Russia - Lacroix Jean, Belgium - Le Bot Huguette, France - Le Bot Marc, France - Marcus Melissa, USA - Mazur Nina, Ukraine - Melhem D.H., USA - Mokdad al-Jemni Omar, Tunisia - Mông-Lan, USA/Vietnam - Murdock Maureen, USA - Schrank Ben, USA - Vaishnav Harihar, India - Vajpeyi Udayan, India - Villanueva Tino, USA - Zagajewski Adam, Poland        

1999              
Adjati, Toussaint, Benin - Amin, Nora, Egypt - Bang, Mary Jo, USA - Bartolomé, Efraín, Mexico - Carbó, Nick, USA - Carr, Pat, USA - Dawe, Gerald, Ireland - Fathi, Ibrahim, Egypt - Gamalinda, Eric, USA/Philippines - Hancock, David, USA - Honig, Lucy, USA - Jamme, Franck André, France - Krähenbühl, Claire, Switzerland - Leuwers, DanielFrance - Michalopoulou, Amanda, Greece - Mützenberg, Denise, Switzerland - Peitz, Christiane, Germany Richez - Valérie-Anne, France - Sayed, Hanaa, Egypt - Scarfe, Eunice, Canada - Smith, Frank, France - Tanska, Natalie,  Czech Republic - Treitel, Jonathan, UK - Ulacia, Manuel, Mexico - Válek, Jan, Czech Republic - Volevich, Irina, Russia - Volkow, Veronica, Mexico - Woodall, James, UK - Yoshikawa, Tsuneko, Japan - Zapanta Manlapaz, Edna, Philippines        

1998              
Al-Beheiry, Neamat, Egypt - Anderson, Allison, USA - Beuse, Stefan, Germany - Boelsums, Mirjam, Netherlands - Bouatchidzé, GastonGeorgia - Cristovici, Anca, Romania - Dávalos Arze, Gladys, Bolivia - Djebar, Assia, France/Algeria - Duhamel, Denise, USA - Eppel, Asar,  Russia - Feinbork, Mattias, Germany - Gibbons, Reginald, USA - Grivina, Irina, Russia/Netherlands - Hinsey, Ellen, France/USA - Hollander, Jean,   USA - Jamis, Rawda, France/Cuba - Kellner, Michael, Germany - Kennedy, Tom, Denmark/USA - Levine, Miriam, USA - Meinke, Peter, USA - Melcer, Ioram, Israel - Roy, Bruno, Canada - Spelman, Cornelia, USA - Swabey, Fiona, UK - Swan, Gladys, USA - Szilagyi, Julianna, Romania Telpaz, Gideon, Israel       

1997     
Borgeaud Georges, France/Switzerland - Cavasson Stefania, Italy - Collins Tim, Australia - Desarzens Corinne, Switzerland/France - Forgach Andres,  Hungary - Fuguet Alberto, Chile - Hannaham James, USA - Jay Salim, France - Johnson-Davies Denys, Canada - Lichtenfeld Kristiane, Germany - Manea Norman, USA - McLaughlin Anne, USA - Reus Michel, Luxemburg - Roze Pascale, France - Tietze Rosemarie, Germany - Tokarczuk Olga, Poland - Tsalka Dan, Israel - Ueberle-Pfaff Maja, Germany - van der Linden Gerry, Netherlands        

1996    
Balla Zsófia, Hungary - Delarue Claude, Switzerland/France - Dove Rita, USA- Fink Ida, Israel - Hitzer Friedrich, Germany - Hitzer Silvelie, Germany - Hubay Nikolas, Hungary - Keller Christophe, Switzerland - Monioudis Pericles, Greece - Mooj Martin, Netherlands - Schmitter Elke, Germany - Stock Raymond, USA/Egypt- Telpaz Gideon, Israel - Viebahn Fred, USA