Between the Lines

The international interest in Swedish literature is growing, making Sweden a welcome participant in book fairs and literary festivals all over the world. 

Meanwhile, the literary scene inside Sweden is both vibrant and multi-faceted, thanks to a wide range of factors. Not least among them are a vivid book market, and an intricate network of book festivals, independent magazines, creative writing workshops, residencies, as well as writers’ and translators’ associations. 

The ‘Between the Lines’ toolkit provides a means to both deepen and broaden the promotion of Swedish literature abroad. The toolkit consists of two components, the first of which is a poster exhibition material aiming at promoting contemporary Swedish literature while at the same time creating an interest in literature as a concept and some of its core concerns and practices. The material contains a poster exhibition in the form of Q&As, gathering representatives of the Swedish literary scene (writers, translators, educators, literacy promotors), who share their thoughts on different literary matters.  

The second component of the ‘Between the Line’ toolkit is a printable manual, compiled in close cooperation with the Swedish Arts Council/Swedish Literature Exchange. The manual provides Swedish foreign missions with ideas and suggestions on how to plan and implement different activities focusing on literature. The manual also includes a brief overview of both the Swedish book market and the key actors of the Swedish literary infrastructure. 

Participants: Steve Sem-Sandberg (novelist), Jan Stolpe (translator), Elin Anna Labba (non-fiction writer), Mats Strandberg (YA writer), Emma AdBåge (childrens’ book writer), Parvin Ardalan (journalist, former ICORN resident), Elisabeth Åsbrink (non-fiction writer), Mats Malm (permanent secretary Swedish Academy), Jonas Hassen Khemiri (novelist/playwright), Balsam Karam (novelist), Bim Eriksson (comic books artist), Sara Garib (spoken word poet), Lydia Sandgren (novelist), Ida Linde (writer/director of Biskops Arnö Writers’ Workshop), Malin Persson Giolito (crime fiction writer), Bagir Kwiek (former Swedish national reading ambassador).

Building blocks

Exhibition overview – both for wall-mounted and in exhibition modules (English, pdf)

Exhibition texts – for translation (English, pdf and Word)

To obtain high resolution print files, please email

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

If more than 10 per cent of the total grant has not been used, then the full amount of unused funds must be repaid to SI. Repayment shall be via UD EKO. When repaying, enter the project’s registration number (available in the agreement) and the name of your organisation in the notification field and notify the project manager in question.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Oskar Röhlander.