THE BALTIC CENTRE for WRITERS and TRANSLATORS is an international centre for professional writers and translators from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany,
Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia. Sweden and, when possible, from other countries.
BCWT was inaugurated in 1993, as a result of the first Writers' cruise in 1992, "Baltic Waves".
BCWT is centrally situated within the walls of the medieval town of Visby on Gotland. This island is now a part of Sweden, near the middle of the Baltic Sea, and has since time immemorial strong ties
with Russia and the Baltic nations.
BCWT is financed mainly by the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs, the Gotland Municipality and the Gotland County Administration.
The Centre is since 1996 under the auspices of UNESCO; it is also a part of the international network of European translators' centres. Supporting organization (since 1994) of the BCWT, is The Baltic
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; there are also
telephones. BcwT's office is open on weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The kitchen is well-equipped and intended for self-catering. lt is also the natural meeting-place, where people informally can get to know foreign colleagues. Occasionally, excursions arc arranged, all over
Supermarkets, shops and restaurants are close by. In stercentrum there is a post office, banks, tourist information etc.
There are several libraries within walking distance from the Centre, among them the City Library at the Gotland University College and the Historical Museum.
The Centre's library contains chiefly dictionaries and other reference books in the languages of the Baltic Sea region but also poetry and highquality fiction. The BCWT is happy to accept gifts of books.
The library forms a part of GEB, Gotland's Electronic Library, http://geb.hgo.se, and the book titles can be searched via the database LIBRIS.
The Centre offers a limited number of bursaries meant to cover travel and living expenses, as a rule for four weeks stay. Application forms can be ordered directly from BCWT, or through national
organizations for writers and translators.
DIRECTOR: Gerda Helena Lindskog
DEPUTY DIRECTOR: Lena Pasternak