EU Partners

Erasmus+ European funding

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St. Clémentin’s Bilingual Festival of Literature makes life-long learning a reality

“The power of authentic literature to excite & motivate learning has been clearly demonstrated. The project brings "learning to the door" of communities that would otherwise not be able to, or inclined to participate in lifelong learning”.

(project evaluators, French National Agency for Erasmus+) (

“Education takes many forms and should be fun, encouraging non-traditional leaners to participate in a shared and strengthened project of developing literacy. It can take many forms, uses and genres, including the aesthetic experience and pleasure of literature”

Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020)

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A First for St. Clémentin

St. Clémentin LitFest leads a new Trans-national partnership and joins the world of European Projects.

St. Clémentin fought off fierce competition to win 59,900 euros in the first round of Erasmus+ 2014-2020 projects. Erasmus+ is one of the European Union’s funding programmes that supports lifelong learning and community inclusion.

Results of the bidding have just been announced, showing St. Clémentin’s project ranked at the top of the league tables. Submitted through the French National Agency for Erasmus+, (2E2F), in April this year, the grant provides support for the village’s 3rd LitFest in 2016 which will include literary contributions from project partners in Canterbury, UK, Salerno, S. Italy and Forgosa dol Courel, Galica, Spain alongside those from St. Clémentin’s and the region’s creative population.

Apart from supporting the local LitFest, the grant covers costs of travel to partner countries so that St. Clémentin residents can learn how festivals in other countries are organised.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the LitFest, or about how they can enjoy being part of this EU funded project should contact Maureen Walby on +33 (0)5 49 72 52 97. Look at the website for more details about the LitFest.

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Association Litfest Bilingual de St Clémentin

Press Release January 2015

The St. Clémentin LitFest Association is pleased to announce that it has just been approved as a partner in a second project funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.

The “ECCE” project (European Certificate in Community Entrepreneurship) brings St. Clémentin a further 14500 euros to use for the development of local initiatives based on community social enterprise and to encourage entrepreneurship, especially amongst local young people. The project is led by an NGO in S.E. UK called Social Enterprise Kent, with other partners in Sweden, Spain and Romania. In the ECCE project the partner organisations share experience, skills and knowledge to inspire each other and to create new opportunities for micro-enterprise and community inclusion. There will be visits to partner countries with a modular training course open to anyone who is interested in developing community enterprise or rurally-based business for self-employment.

This new project extends opportunities established through the earlier funding which supports the bi-annual, bi-lingual Festival of Literature, next scheduled for June 2016 in St. Clémentin. 59900 euros was approved to lead a partnership comprising small NGOs, all working for the promotion of literacy and numeracy through the staging of literature-based events. St. Clémentin leads the partnership and works with Galica in N.W.Spain, Salerno in S.Italy and Canterbury, S.E.UK. Each partner inspires creative writing through hosting community events in each country and culminating in a large event in St. Clémentin. Again, visits to partner countries are financed by the EU and anyone interested in being part of any of these projects, or wanting more information about opportunities available, should contact the organisers. The world of European Funding offers many opportunities to support local groups and organisations. The St. Clémentin LitFest Association is very pleased to support others who might be interested in finding out how the EU can provide resources to help support their activities.

The EU funds exist to create mobility of opportunity across the European Member States and to help increase understanding between different countries and cultures. There are many programmes, each offering different, but specific support and each focussing on a particular aspect of life. There are funds to support business development, employment, education, cultural exchanges, twinning, environment, social justice and inclusion, integration, energy, research and development. Although the application process can be difficult, the rewards are great, not only bringing essential finance to make good things happen, but also providing opportunities for new experiences, new achievements or a personal and organisational level, leading for a more stable, secure, inclusive and socially just Europe for everyone.

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Meet the Partners!

The European LitFest brings together partners from France, Italy, Spain and UK to learn together, transferring innovation & good practice to promote creative writing, poetry and the use of language as a tool for improving basic skills and promoting learning communities. Through four literary festival local participants welcome authors, poets & publishers into the heart of their communities. Within each programme, partners organise a Community Learning Workshop event based on literacy & literature: run by published authors & poets train aspiring writers in the art of creative literature & the use of poetry & prose as communication and wellbeing tools.

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Canterbury, UK
Catching Lives is an independent charity contributory partner to the Canterbury Festival, supporting excluded groups that include people with mental health difficulties. Their vision is for a society where all people are valued and where everyone makes a contribution to the wider community.

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Parada do Courel, Galicia, Spain
Fundacion Uxio Novoneyra is a non-profit foundation named after the Galician poet Uxío Novoneyra, committed to the development of the beautiful, rural region of O Courel in Galicia, N. W. Spain. Through culture and environment conservation initiatives their work includes publishing, cultural management and literary research,

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Salerno, Italy
Alfono Gatto Foundation is a cultural animation group founded on the work of the nationally recognised poet, Alfono Gatto. Their mission is to encourage and support local people who want to develop and explore poetry and creative writing as well as music, drama and all forms of lifelong learning. 

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“If we are to meet the challenges of the 21st Century we must harness the talent and creativity of our citizens”

The St. Clémentin Bilingual LitFest Association and its European partners aim to promote creative writing as a way to inspire and empower individuals to build a better future for themselves and the communities in which they live.

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More about the Partners

Partner 1. FOUNDATION UXIO NOVONEYRA. Courel, Galicia, Spain.
Foundacion Uxio Novoneyra is in Folgoso do Courel in the Galicia region of Northern Spain. It is a not for profit foundation working to promote and develop the region in which it is situated. Working in the fields of culture and cultural tourism (specially linked to literature), the foundation provides education through social and youth policies and uses links to ICT to develop and disseminate its work.

The Foundation is representing Galicia and its culture at international level and collaborating with other institutions in the same way.

The work includes empowering research and study activities on literature (poetry specially), languages, visual and scenic arts and history and political studies.

Their work includes arranging and managing big literary projects, literary events and publishing house activities.
Defending and promoting the environment through sustainable rural development, linked to their place specially (Rural of Galicia Region) is another important aspect of the work of the Foundation.

Uxío Novoneyra Foundation''s work programmes include coordination and delivery of the following activities:
• Developing an own programme of cultural activities linked to literature all year on courel hills and Galician cities:
o Coordinate “Picaversos”: Poetry exhibitions. 2 nights per month on Santiago de Compostela.
o Sponsorize “Cearte”: Literary Dinners. 1 night per month on Lugo.
o Coordinate “Día de Nós”: Annual literary event of Ourense as Literary Capital of Region
o Coordinate “Letras Galegas” in Ourense: Annual language event on Ourense.
• Publishing “Valumbo” collection of poetry on Spanish and Galician languages
• Managing A crowdfunding platform to fund literary projects at international level
• Advising public institutions about public policies on culture
• participating on all kind of events linked to literature at international level

They have more than 5000 followers on social networks between different digital identities of foundation.
Their activities programme usually are sold out on all calls.

Uxío Novoneyra Foundation ("Fundación Uxío Novoneyra"-Acronym FUN) is a state foundation. Their activities are focused on fostering cultural and social activities linked to regional identify including the legacy of poet Novoneyra and his zone of reference (Mountains of northwest, Region of Galicia and Madrid city). Their specific expertise is on fields of organization of literary activities, publishing literature trough ICTs and crowdfunding of literary projects, networking with literary agents and entities, between others.

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Uxío Novoneyra
Eugenio Novo Neira known as Uxío Novoneyra was a Galician poet, journalist and writer of children's literature from Galicia, Spain. Born: January 19, 1930. Died: 1999
Eugenio Novo Neira known as Uxío Novoneyra (b. Parada de Moreda, Courel, 19 January 1930-d. Santiago de Compostela, 30 October 1999) was a Galician poet, journalist and writer of children's literature from Galicia, Spain.

He was born into a farming family. He started writing poems when he was at high school in Lugo. He went on to study Philosophy and Literature in Madrid. In 1951, he began publishing in Galician language. In 1962, he began working in TV and radio in Madrid. In 1973, he married Elva Rey and they had three children. In 1983 he moved to Santiago de Compostela where he worked for the Association of Writers in the Galician Language until he died in 1999. In his works, he expresses his nationalist and Marxist views through intricate poetic patterns.

Os eidos (1955), Vigo, Edicións Xerais de Galicia, 84-7507-455-3
Os eidos 2. Letanía de Galicia e outros poemas (1974), Vigo Ed. Galaxia 84-7154-221-8
Poemas caligráficos (1979) Madrid, Brais Pinto, ISBN 84-85171-05-5
Libro do Courel (1981)
Muller pra lonxe (1987) Lugo, 84-505-4535-8
Do Courel a Compostela 1956-1986 (1988) Santiago de Compostela, Sotelo Blanco 84-86021-80-4
O cubil de Xabarín (1990) Madrid, Edlevives : 84-263-1956-4
Tempo de elexía (1991) Oleiros, Vía Láctea 84-86531-58-6
Gorgorín e Cabezón (1992) Madrid,Edelvives, 84-263-2170-4
Poemas de doada certeza i este brillo premido entre as pálpebras (1994) A Coruña, Espiral Maior 84-88137-39-7
Betanzos: Poema dos Caneiros e Estampas (1998)
Dos soños teimosos Noitarenga (1998) Santiago de compostela, Noitarenga, 84-921096-5-3
Ilda, o lobo, o corzo e o xabarín (1998) Zaragoza, Edelvives, 84-263-3727-9

Partner 2. FOUNDATION ALFONSO GATTO, Salerno, Italy.
Foundation Alfonso Gatto was founded in 2011 in Salerno in south of Italy. Its activities were initiated in 2006, the year of the thirtieth anniversary of the death of the poet. The Foundation's mission iinclude spreading the work of Alfonso Gatto with particular attention to the minor literary production, through collection and receiverships of new materials, and the organization and presentation of cultural events dedicated to the work of Alfonso Gatto and other poets.

The Foundation also takes care of organizing seminars and projects with schools, writing workshops, meetings and festivals of poetry. Cataloging projects and arts management. It is well respected and well connected, supported by the local authority and other statutory and non-statutory agencies that include promoting the region, its people, their cultures and the use of expressive arts as a way to include everyone in society so that better quality of life is possible for all.
We create Publications, concerts, readings, writing workshops, meetings with schools are included in our work along with poetry competitions. The organisation is small but it has wide influence through its organisation of festivals and events to promote literature, poetry and other aspects of culture.

Salerno has high levels of unemployment as well as fewer opportunities to experience culture as financial resources are scarce, especially for disadvantaged people. Through the promotion and management of local cultural events, and in particular those linked to literature and creative writing, people can be encouraged to improve their basic skills while they enjoy performances, readings, recitals and events that give an insight into endless possibilities.

The foundation has created and participated in many initiatives that have involved young people in public and cultural projects similar to what you will achieve with this partnership. We point out one: "100thousand Poets for Change", a global event in which poets from all over the world meet to network and share and show their work.

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Alfonso Gatto (17 July 1909 – 6 March 1976) was an Italian author.
Along with Giuseppe Ungaretti and Eugenio Montale, he is one of the foremost Italian poets of the 20th century and a major exponent of hermetic poetry.

Hermeticism recognises in Alfonso Gatto one of its most important and active exponents. Not much is known about him during his first years in Salerno, which surely must have had a determinant role in his cultural background, and little is known also of his first readings, his first literary meetings, his friends. However, the publication of his first book of poems in 1932, entitled Isola ("Island"), was highly welcomed as a truly new lyrical voice. When Giuseppe Ungaretti published in the same year his Sentimento del tempo ("The Feeling of Time", 1933), he included Gatto in a relevant chapter, not withstanding the latter's very recent arrival on the literary scene.

With Isola, Gatto commences his poetical existence, which will conclude with his tragic death forty-four years later. Isola represents a decisive text for the construction of a hermetic grammar which will be defined by the poet himself, as a quest for a "natural absoluteness". His language is rarefied and timeless, allusive, and typical of a poetics of "absence" and empty space, rich in melodic motives. These will be the main elements of all of Gatto's output: these elements, in fact so distant from traditional models, are found in all his poems until 1939 and will gradually pass from familiar themes and landscape visions from youth, to a new phase, before and after World War II, which opens with his Arie e motivi ("Arias and motifs") and culminates with Poesie d'amore ("Love poems").

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Partner 3. CATCHING LIVES, Canterbury, Kent, UK
Catching Lives is an independent charity located in Canterbury, Kent and is a contributory partner to the Canterbury Festival, supporting excluded groups that include people with mental health difficulties. Their vision is for a society where all people are valued and where everyone makes a contribution to the wider community. Catching Lives works towards ending the harm caused to individuals, families and the community by homelessness, insecure housing, substance abuse, long term health and disabilities and the problems created by unstable family situations.

They help achieve this by offering immediate respite in their Canterbury Open Centre, working with clients to help them tackle their issues and to motivate them towards taking steps towards recovery and independent living. Their workshops involve several practical and culturally based practices including creative writing and poetry sessions. A combination of several types of interventions are available on site, basic services such as nutritious meals, showers, laundry, clothing and the use of a postal address to provide some of the essential elements towards inclusion. Then they provide access to professional services such as social services, mental health specialists, registering with advice agencies and helping people move forward with assessment of basic skills and guidance towards education, training and jobs.

They work with local groups and organisations to develop opportunities for their clients to experience wider cultural and vocational activities. In this respect they link with the Canterbury Festival committee which each years runs a large-scale community event based on arts, music, literature, drama, theatre, sports and wellbeing. Their clients volunteer as street wardens, marshals, ushers and general assistants to contribute to the city's celebrations and to build their own self-esteem through being able to play a genuine and valued role for the enjoyment of others.

They also encourage their clients to contribute to the work of the Canterbury Festival by submitting their poems to the Canterbury Festival Poetry Competition, run once a year. This not only gives a focus to some of the basic skills tuition sessions, it also helps in rehabilitation and guidance, assessment and therapy sessions. Their clients find that the ability to use the written word to express themselves is a major empowerment tool which we encourage.

Canterbury Open Centre, run by Catching Lives, provides an holistic range of services and recognises that many individuals do not have just one issue to resolve, but require extensive support that looks at their mental health and emotional needs, as well as their practical needs. People who are caught in a cycle of crisis, crime, addiction and mental illness are repeatedly or often in contact with the police, detailed in prison and very often living in poor quality housing. They have found that offering therapy through creative writing, poetry tuition and encouraging self-expression through focused writing workshops helps clients identify many of their emotions and helps take down communication barriers. For clients without sufficient literacy skills, we provide support and we have found often that once able to use a few simple words to express themselves they progress towards clarity of thinking, increased awareness and much higher levels of self esteem.

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St. Clémentin LitFest Association is a partner in the ECCE project, led by Social Enterprise Kent UK.

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The ECCE project helps community entrepreneurs to develop their project ideas.
This project’s results include a specialist start-up programme to help aspiring social enterprise & NGOs (Non-government organisations) identify business needs and access bespoke enterprise training. ECCE creates an accredited social enterprise course and toolkit, which is designed and tested collaboratively over the life of the project to create a resource which effectively meets the learning needs of Europe’s aspiring social entrepreneurs.

KEY OBJECTIVE 1: To develop active citizenship employability, new business creation and future learning pathways for individuals from hard-to-reach communities.
KEY OBJECTIVE 2: To promote entrepreneurship education, to develop active citizenship, employability and support social entrepreneurship, guiding future learning and career paths for individuals so that they can meet their own goals whilst at the same time, support their local community.


For more information about St. Clementin LitFest Association’s EU funded projects please contact Maureen Walby 

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6 Partner Countries
Lead partner - Ayuntamiento de Tafalla, Pamplona,  Spain
Greece - Institute of Entrepreneurship Larissa ,  Greece. Germany – Wisamar Leipzig,  Action with Communities in Rural Kent, Ashford, United Kingdom Cyprus – Agios Athanasios, Limassol, Cyprus. St. Clementin LitFest Assn working with La Colporteuse, France.

Project’s main aim: To Increase the employability of disadvantaged youth based on the "Green Economy"
More than a third of the world’s youth are unemployed, as noted a recent OECD report, “unemployment is a risk factor for youth, threatening global integration in the society at large.” Currently in the world about 1,200 million young people aged between 15 and 24 years, accounting 17% of the world population. They face a high degree of economic and social uncertain future. These figures are worse when it comes to young people socially excluded, disadvantaged backgrounds or ethnic minorities. When we come to the last data from the Eurostat, Greece and Spain had the highest youth unemployment rates (56,1% and 62,9%), but also increasing in other countries like Cyprus, Italy, or Ireland, specially comparing to adult unemployment.

Therefore, the project partners have proposed to increase the employability of disadvantaged youth between 16-30 years based on the green economy, as an inclusive job generator. The transition to a more sustainable development is seen as a job opportunity because incorporating knowledge and bioethical agro-ecological practices, improve their employability and entrepreneurship in the world today, promoting environmental protection and green skills as new job opportunities.

Full title: This is a Green´s World
Start: 01/09/2015
Finish: 31/08/2017
Programme: ERASMUS+
Sub-Programme: Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships

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For more information about St. Clementin LitFest Association’s EU funded projects please contact Maureen Walby

Page 1: St. Clémentin’s Bilingual Festival of Literature makes life-long learning a reality Page 2: A First for St Clémentin Page 3: Association Litfest Bilingual de St Clémentin Page 4: Meet the Partners! Page 5: More About the Partners Page 6: St. Clémentin LitFest Association is a partner in the ECCE project, led by Social Enterprise Kent UK. Page 7: This is a Green’s World