Slovenian Literary Fellowship 2019: three days of traveling, enjoying and mingling …
During the 3-day programme the group met Slovenian authors Bronja Žakelj, this year’s recipient of the Kresnik award (best novel of the year) for her debut novel Whites wash at ninety, Veronika Simoniti with her new novel Ivana on the Shore, Nataša Kramberger with her “Seed Calendar” novel Commensurate Acres and Dušan Šarotar, the author of Billards at Hotel DobrayandPanorama. The publishers also took part in a B2B afternoon with Slovenian publishers at Švicarija, which also hosts a writers’ residence, visited the National and University Library, the restored house of Slovenia’s famous architect Jožef Plečnik, the largest Slovenian publishing house Mladinska knjiga and several bookshops in Ljubljana. They also met the team behind Ljubljana, Unesco City of Literature project, visited the Library under the Treetops and several other locations in Slovenia’s capitol.
First part of the fellowship overlapped with the visit of the director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Jürgen Boos, in Slovenia, and the Head of the Guest of Honour programme, Simone Bühler, so the fellows got the opportunity to share a lunch with them.
The last day was dedicated to Eastern Slovenia, where fellows visited the atelier of a renown Slovenian photographer Stojan Kerbler at Ptujska gora, a traditional homestead in Haloze hills and, last but not least, the Days of Poetry and Wine festival in Ptuj.
Although the amount of new information must have been overwhelming (most fellows never visited Slovenia before), the fellows left with the best impressions and plans for future cooperation with Slovenian publishers and with the Book Agency during 2022.
Full list of fellows:
Publishing house / Organisation
S. Fischer Verlag
Karl Rauch Verlag
SAARLÄNDISCHER RUNDFUNK SR2 KulturRadio
Bertelsmann/Das Blaue Sofa
Eleonora di Blasio
Frankfurt Book Fair
Patricia de Groot
East China Normal University Press