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Name of the centre

Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators

Address & contact

Uddens gränd 3
62156 Visby - Sverige
Tel: 46 498 21 83 85
Fax: 46 498 21 87 98
E-mail: baltic.centre@gotlandica.se
Website: www.bcwt.org

How to find us

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Director: Lena O. Pasternak
Managing assistant: Yvonne Pettersson

Date of creation


Legal status

Non-profit organization

Source of funding

European Union (project)
Swedish Ministry of Culture: operating
Municipality of Gotland: operating

Number of rooms



  • Residences for writers and translators
  • Annual Poetry Festival
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Conferences

Description of the centre

BCWT comprises two buildings, with a magnificent view of the medieval town, the cathedral and the sea.
The dwelling-house has eleven high-standard studios/bedrooms, while the building across the street houses the common rooms: kitchen, library, drawing-room, TV-room, Finnish sauna etc.

The kitchen is well-equipped and intended for self-catering. lt is also a natural meeting-place, where people informally can get to know foreign colleagues. Bed-linen and towels are supplied by the Centre; there is a laundry room for common use, as well as bicycles. Free parking spaces nearby.


The Centre’s library contains chiefly dictionaries and other reference books in the languages of the Baltic Sea region but also poetry and high-quality fiction. The book titles can be searched on our home page via the database LIBRIS.

Technical equipment

There are desktop and laptop computers, Mac and PC, with word processing multilingual programmes as well as printers for the use of the guests. Electric typewriters, photocopier, and fax machine are also available. In the office building you will find stereo equipment, a piano, a TV-room with a VCR.


Occasionally, excursions are arranged, all over Gotland. Supermarkets, shops and restaurants are close by. In Östercentrum there are post services, banks, pharmacy, tourist bureau etc.
In connection to the Gotland University College there is Almedalen library, a joint university and public library.

When open

The Centre is open all year round.

Admission requirements

The Centre welcomes applicants from all countries - but priority of residence is given to literary professionals from the countries of the Baltic Sea region and Scandinavia, i.e. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden.


Bursary fiixed full bursary and half-bursary
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