Mon, 8. 8. 2022

Virtual residency in MelbourneMelbourne, the UNESCO City of Literature (Melbourne City of Literature), has opened applications for the November Virtual Residency!

Writers from the cities of literature (that is, also Ljubljana) will be connected as residents with 10 organizations in Melbourne. There they will then have certain tasks, they will write something, attend a workshop, participate in a conversation and/or manage their social networks .

A virtual resident receives A$2,000.

The application deadline is August 28, 2022.

More information and terms and conditions are available at:

Thu, 16. 6. 2022

Jazz in books - what to read?Book accompanying program of the 63rd Ljubljana Jazz Festival

A conversation about jazz and books with Miha Zadnikar, Ičo Vidmar and Gregor Podlogar offered some answers about what to read and why to read books about jazz at all.

At the festival venue, we also set up a bookshelf with a selection of books to browse during the festival events, thereby inviting creators and visitors of the Ljubljana Jazz Festival to read.

The accompanying literary program of the Ljubljana Jazz Festival is prepared by the office of Ljubljana, UNESCO City of Literature and in co-production with Cankarjev dom / Jazz festival Ljubljana.

Wed, 25. 5. 2022

Ljubljana as a guest of honor at the book fair in GranadaOur authors introduced themselves

The UNESCO Cities of Literature network also provides opportunities for networking and collaboration and this time Ljubljana had the honor of bringing authors to the book fair in Granada.

For the first time in 14 years, Carlos Pascual spoke in his native language in front of an audience in Granada and read from his first three Slovenian books. In conversation with his translator Mojca Medvedšek, he presented the process of publishing and translating in Slovenia. An outstanding example of a writer who succeeded in a foreign country by writing in his mother tongue.

Unfortunately, Alenka Zupančič could not attend the conversation with Jorge Alemán due to illness, but Jorge continued in front of the audience the conversation he started with Alenko Zupančič before the event about how the Lacanian school is a useful factor in critical reflection. In this, he emphasized the important role of the Ljubljana school, to which Alenka Zupančič, Slavoj Žižek and Mladen Dolar belong.

An unforgettable event with Anja Zag Golob was a special rhythmic experience, her poetry first came to life in an excellent Spanish translation by Mojca Medvedšek and Carlos Pascual, which was read in Spanish by Carlos, then in Slovenian by Anja Z. Golob, all of which was rounded off by a conversation of the author with Erika, which was perfectly interpreted by Mojca Medvedšek.

The visit was successful. Thanks to the entire team of Granada, a UNESCO City of Literature, with Jesus Ortega and Carmen Casares at the head, who took care that everything went smoothly and they did this with incredible happiness and devotion to literature. And life!

Tue, 5. 4. 2022

FAIR IN THE AIR: Book fair on World Book Day Let's give each other books on World Book Day!

Ljubljana, Zvezda park
SAT, April 23, 2022

The first live book fair after almost a year is coming under the plane trees in the center of the capital.

The popular Air Fair will take place in Zvezda Park on World Book Day and Book Night. In cooperation with 50 publishers, we will set up tables with the best literature that Slovenian publishers can offer. 

On Saturday the fair will be illuminated with table lamps and will be open until 10 p.m.
Part of the Fair in the air will also be the stage, on which literary events will take place.
See you at the (f)air!

Mon, 21. 3. 2022

Ljubljana poetry marathon and pop-up poetry bookstoreOn World Poetry Day an excellent selection of poetry collections at affordable prices

On the World Poetry Day, the office of Ljubljana, UNESCO city of literature, is preparing a mini bookstore with 60 poetry collections at reasonable prices. The mini bookshop will first accompany the Ljubljana Poetry Marathon on March 21, then it will be set up at Vodnik's homestead Šiška until the end of the month.

The Ljubljana Poetry Marathon on World Poetry Day will take place in five different locations.

The office of Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature, encourages the purchase and reading of poetry. On March 21st, give (yourself) a poetry collection and support domestic creativity!

Wed, 9. 2. 2022

Applications for the Writer in the Park residency are closed110 applications were received

As many as 110 applications from other cities of literature from all over the world arrived, which is a record since 2018, when we started the residency program!

Our three-member jury  will review the extremely interesting applications and select a resident for the May and November.

With the residency program Writer in the Park, we encourage cooperation and connection with authors from other cities of literature, and in this way we offer an open space for creation and integration into the local literary landscape.

Wed, 2. 2. 2022

Among the nominees for the Dublin Literary Award are The Masochist and The Fig TreeThe list of nominees for the Dublin Libraries Award has been announced

Among the nominees are also two Slovenian novels, The Masochist by Katja Perat, which was nominated by the Maribor Library, and The Fig Tree by Goran Vojnović, which was nominated by the City Library of Ljubljana and the City Library of Rijeka.

Both volumes were published in English translation by Istros Books.

Congratulations to both authors, as well as the publishers and translators!

Mon, 3. 1. 2022

Barcelona have restarted the Montserrat Roig programFor the authors of any genre and in any language who have published at least one book so far

These funds open up an exceptional opportunity for two months of creation in the cultural space of the city (libraries, museums, etc.).

The funds will be given to 20 authors. Each receives 3,000 euros.

Applications are open until January 27.

You can find more about it at the link