Following an open call for applications in Autumn 2022, Csilla Toldy was awarded a 3-week funded residency. Cove Park’s programme of funded residencies support research, the development of existing and new projects, collaboration, interdisciplinary practice, and the production of new work and ideas. All national and international artists, cultural practitioners, and researchers, working individually and collaboratively in all art forms, in the creative industries, and across disciplines, were eligible to apply. Cove Park’s residencies also support individuals at every stage in their careers.

Csilla Toldy is a writer and translator from Hungary, living in Northern Ireland. Her publications include various literary magazines, as well as three poetry pamphlets: Red Roots – Orange Sky (2013), The Emigrant Woman’s Tale (2015) and Vertical Montage (Lapwing), and Angel Fur and other stories (Stupor Mundi, 2019). Her novel Bed Table Door, long listed for the Bath Novel award, explores the idea of freedom against the backdrop of the Cold War and Thatcher’s England. (Wrecking Ball Press, 2023).

In 2021 she was an Emerging Translator Mentee with the National Centre for Writing, UK. Her poetry translations from German and Hungarian were published in Modern Poetry in Translation, Cyphers and Pamenar Magazine.

In her writing as well as in her visual art, Csilla is interested in evoking unheard, forgotten or suppressed voices. She was commissioned by the Executive Office of Northern Ireland to create a film poem for Holocaust Memorial Day. She is the recipient of a Digital Artist Development Award of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the National Lottery to create an immersive installation of video poems. She will develop new work at Cove Park, focussing on the interlace between her writing, translations and digital art.

Image provided by the artist.