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Sunday, August 24

:::::::::::::::More on Villa Sarkia residence:::::::::::::::::

Villa Sarkia residences are organized by the Nuori Voima Liitto, which is, roughly translated the union of young force...difficult to be translated!
It is actually the union of young writers which was founded in 1921 in Finland, during the years of strong soviet influence.
Their main purpose and action was to give advice to young artists, principally, writers, poets.
Nowadays, NVL, publishes five times a year their own magazine, with cultural reviews , articles and essays of writers, poets, artists.
Twice a year they also issue the known publication Kritikki.
One of the most important happenings organised by NVL is the poetry reading festival, Runokuu Festivaali (moon of poetry). 
And finally, as per said, NVL program include residence studios for writers, poets, translators and artists to the Villa Sarkia house.

    My notes and work, next to my favourite Moomin character kupi; the stinky Haisuli.

The actual house I am doing my residence is in Sysmä town, in middle Finland, or so called Lakes region.
The house was named after the late Finnish poet Kaarlo Sarkia, who died in Sysmä. The poet had a complicated, tormented and , nevertheless, a very prolific life.
His poems are widely known and read.
Some of the archives regarding the figure of Kaarlo Sarkia.

It is a strange mix of emotions to prepare my first graphic novel , or comic( err, a humble illustrated book project) in Villa Sarkia, being surrounded by the energy of all the poets, musicians, artists, writers who had been here between these walls, doing their own research.
In the pictures below, you can see a very old image of events and cultural happenings back in the days, of the 30´s !
 Old covers of the different years issues of NVL cultural magazine.
 Works by Akseli Gallén-Kallela had been around me all this time.
 A poetry reading, back in the days.
 Some of the women artists of the year 1934 by NVL.
 A great wooden working table!


  1. Hello Laia,

    I am a writer based in India, and I came across this post when I was looking for information on the Villa Sarkia residency. It looks like such a great place and I was considering applying for it. I wanted to ask you, since their website doesn't give any funding details, if this residency is a funded one. Or do the writers have to figure out their own funds for travel and other expenses? Would be grateful if you could let me know.

    Thanks very much in advance,
    Deepa Bhasthi

  2. Hi, Deepa! I came across your post while doing some research. I was a resident at Villa Sarkia the last year. It's a beautiful place sans any distraction and offers enough space and time for serious writers/poet. You have to arrange for your own travel.