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Local writer wins CALQ grant to write second novel

The MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, which participates in the Territorial Partnership Agreement for the Montérégie in partnership with the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAMH), Culture Montérégie, and the majority of its neighbouring MRCs, has announced it will be supporting Iranian-born writer and actress Baharan Baniahmadi with a $12,000 grant to write her second novel, Bescherelle.

The book will focus on, among other things, the adventures Baniahmadi experienced during her immigration to Quebec in 2018. “I am very happy to receive this grant. It is motivating to have such support,” she said, before thanking the different partners involved in the agreement.


Iranian-born writer and actress Baharan Baniahmadi has won a $12,000 CALQ grant through the Territorial Partnership Agreement for the Montérégie.  PHOTO Amirhosein Bozorgzadegan


The announcement of this year’s recipient follows the second call for projects issued by the MRC as part of the three-year agreement. This year, a total of $727,000 in grants will be presented to artists throughout the Montérégie, where one artist per participating MRC is selected based on the strength of their application in the fields of visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing.

Regional agreements such as these allow artists living outside major urban centres to access funding more directly. In the past, several well-known artists from the area, such as Alyson Champ and Pascale Bourguignon, have benefitted from this program for the creation of a project.

“The collaboration between the Montérégie-Ouest, the MAMH, and the CALQ allows our artists to proudly participate in the life of our communities,” says Pierre Caza, the director general and secretary-treasurer of the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent. “During this pandemic, the contribution of the arts and culture to the social and psychological health of our communities has taken on a more fundamental meaning,” he concludes. (SR)


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