NolitchX, pronounced as /Knowledge X/, is a non profit literature project that highlights the multilingual dimension of Nordic literature through networking, readings, talks, translations and translation workshops, and publications during the period September 2018 until August 2020. The main objective of NolitchX is to function as the hub of a network between writers, translators, editors, and other participants in the Nordic literary field to create new structures which contribute to an inclusive and multilingual literary scene. The NolitchX network includes both immigrant and minority language writers and writers who create in the main Nordic languages. In this way, NolitchX hopes and will work to make visible the “Knowledge X”, the hidden knowledge, that is the work of the writers in the Nordic countries that create in other languages than the main languages or the official minority languages in the Nordic region, but also the literature written in the mainNordic languages which is little known internationally.
NolitchX wants to act now and to challenge the foundations of the view on Nordic literature as bound to culture and nationality. The basic principle of NolitchX is language, one of the principal means of literary expression, and the focus is on the literary texts, not on the cultural, ethnical or religious background of the authors. The principal method is to connect writers with each other, with translators and editors and with new audiences and readerships. In this way, NolitchX hopes to contribute to an inclusive Nordic literary field, where work in different languages will all be valued as “literature“, where there is room for writers and other actors from the different linguistic communities that exist in the Nordic region, and which respects the individual human right to choose the language in which to communicate, even in literary works.
NolitchX is a Nordic collaboration between associations, groups and individual writers in Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden, and going forward we are incorporating writers, translators, cultural producers and venues in Norway, Germany, the Baltic region and Russia into the network. The Malmö based cultural association Tre Tärningar is the coordinating host of NolitchX in collaboration with Sivuvalo in Helsinki, Red Door and Sacramento Roselló in Copenhagen, and the Ós Pressan collective in Reykjavik.
Since the start in 2017, NolitchX has been supported by Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point, Malmö Stad, Svensk-Isländska Samarbetsfonden and Letterstedska Föreningen. At present, NolitchX has support form Nordic Culture Point and Statens Kulturråd.
Illustrations: León Plascencia Ñol