Phrases: New Poets in Translation – Ukraine and Scotland

Phrases invites applications from emerging poets, age 18-35, based in Scotland and Ukraine to explore cultural exchange and collaboration through a hybrid digital/in-person translation residency. Phrases is organised with the financial support of the UK/UA Creative Partnerships programme, designed by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute.

Four emerging Scottish poets and four emerging Ukrainian poets, age 18-35, will work together on creative adaptation of each others work through two digital workshops, working with mentors Ryan Van Winkle, poet and artistic director of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, and Ostap Slyvynsky, poet and creative director of Propysy Literary Workshop Festival for Novice Writers, PEN Ukraine’s festival for emerging writers. The writers will then share the translated work at a live digital reading.

Four of these eight writers will then go on to focus on developing new work and translations through a digital and physical residency space, facilitated by Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre.

Applications are open to emerging poets living in Scotland or Ukraine, and we encourage applications from writers who may experience marginalisation, as well as writers working in Gaelic and Scots.

About the Programme

There are two stages to the Phrases residency programme. The first will bring together four emerging Scottish poets, and four emerging Ukrainian poets to explore the process of co-translation.  Writers will work in pairs to complete versions of their poems, from English into Ukrainian and Ukrainian into English.

The second stage will invite two of the Stage 1 Scottish poets and two of the Stage 1 Ukrainian poets to continue working together to develop new work and translations, through a hybrid residency programme comprising of a digital sharing space followed by a two-week residency in September 2024 at Moniack Mhor in the Scottish Highlands.

Stage 1: Four Scottish poets/ Four Ukrainian poets

  • 31st January 2024: Online workshop with Ryan Van Winkle and Ostap Slyvynsky
  • February: Paired translation time to be arranged between participants.
  • 28th February 2024: Online workshop on sharing of work (exact date tbc with participants)
  • 9th March 2024:  Live Online reading event as part of StAnza 2024 Round the World, hosted by Moniack Mhor
  • All eight writers will receive a £300 stipend for the first stage of the programme

Following Stage 1 there will be a second selection process to invite two Scottish and two Ukrainian poets to continue working together during Stage 2.

Stage 2: Two Scottish poets/ Two Ukrainian poets

  • June – August 2024: Moniack Mhor will facilitate an online space for the four poets to continue working together, sharing new work and exploring opportunities and learnings from translation
  • 2nd September  – 14th September 2024: The selected four poets will spend two weeks at Moniack Mhor in the Scottish Highlands, where they will have time and space to develop new work and translations, as well as take part in a live reading event and participate in a video performance to be shared at StAnza 2025
  • All four writers will receive a £700 stipend, plus travel and accommodation, for the second stage of the programme


The Phrases Residency Programme is open to unpublished/emerging poets living in Scotland or Ukraine, age 18-35 to align with Propysy Festival eligibility criteria. Poets may have had work published in magazines, journals or online, but have not yet published any major body of work such as a pamphlet or collection. We would particularly encourage applications from those who experience barriers to the writing process.  Scottish applicants can be working in English, Scots, or Gaelic.


Information for Ukrainian applicants is available from PEN Ukraine here.

Scottish applicants should apply by sending the following documents to

You will receive an automatic email confirming receipt of your submission.  Please contact us on if you do not receive the automatic reply.

  • A one page (A4) cover letter outlining the your interest in this programme
  • A brief writing CV demonstrating your writing journey (Visit this page for advice on creating a writing CV)
  • A selection of your poetry, up to 60 lines in total. If successful, the judges will select some of this work to be translated as part of the Phrases programme, and performed at the live online event as part of StAnza 2024

We would also invite you to complete our Equalities, Diversity, and Equalities Inclusion Monitoring Form (optional) here.

Submissions are open now and close 8th January 2024. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application on 16th January 2024.

Applications can also be submitted by post to Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre, Teavarran, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire IV4 7HT. Please let us know by email or phone if you are submitting by post.

For any enquiries relating to Phrases, please contact us on or telephone 01463 592 828.

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