Wed, 10. 11. 2021

Three new cities in the UNESCO Cities of LiteratureJakarta, Vilnius and Gothenburg 

Ljubljana was awarded the permanent title of UNESCO City of Literature (which unites cities where literature has a special role) in 2015, and today we are pleased to announce that three other cities joined the fast-growing international network of cities of literature.

The number of literature cities committed to promoting the sustainable development of literature and reading culture has increased from 39 to 42, with Jakarta (Indonesia), Vilnius (Lithuania), and Gothenburg (Sweden).

Wed, 13. 10. 2021

THIS COULD BE A FILMat the Slovenian Film Festival

13. 10. / 15.30 / Portorož

Filmmakers are looking for ideas also in literature. With the desire for a more structured connection between the two worlds (film and literature) the office of Ljubljana, UNESCO City of Literature together with the Slovenian Cinematheque in June 2021 announced a competition for the stories that could become a movie. 

A three-member commission - Luka Marčetič, Matjaž Ivanišin and Marina Gumzi - reviewed the applications and selected the works of Ana Svetel, Matjaž Jamnik, Sara Štern, Jedrt Lapuh Maležič and Luna J. Šribar

They were presented on the stage of Slovenian Film Festival by Boštjan Napotnik - Napo!
For the event, we prepared a booklet which contains all five stories, presentations of their authors and the justifications of the commission. We added texts of Marcel Štefančič jr. who writes about writing with film and filming with words, and Urša Chitrakar, who writes about the copyright aspect of the use of literary works in films. 

Thu, 30. 9. 2021

International Day of Translators

UNESCO Cities of Literature are celebrating the International Translators' Day on 30 September 
This day will be marked with a joint project (between Nottingham, Odessa, Utrecht, Leeuwarden, Reykjavik, Bucheon, Granada, Dublin, Iowa City, Edinburgh, Manchester, Krakow, Kuhma, Ulyanovsk, Heidelberg, Quebec City, Tartu, and Nanjing) with a poem that we have translated into the languages of many cities of literature around the world.  

In cooperation with the Society of Slovenian Literary Translators, we prepared a translation of W. S. Merwin's poem From the Start. September 30 is also his birthday.

Mon, 6. 9. 2021

Vilenica in LjubljanaInternational Literary Festival, an annual gathering of poets, prose writers, dramatists and essayists

The Vilenica International Literary Festival, an annual gathering of poets, prose writers, dramatists and essayists, organized by the Slovene Writers’ Association, will take place between 7 and 12 September. 

The 36th Vilenica Festival will combine digital content and live events, offering talks, video portraits, literary readings and two short films, dedicated to this year's  Vilenica laureate, the Austrian writer Josef Winkler, and the Slovene author in focus, Milan Dekleva. 

The festival will take place in several parts of Slovenia (along with Ljubljana).

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Sat, 14. 8. 2021

Summer on Screen and Between the PagesFamily matters

Film screenings
Talks on literature and film
Pop-up bookstore
This Could Be a Movie: Connecting writers and filmmakers

Along with the Slovene Cinematheque, the Ljubljana, UNESCO City of Literature Office invites you for a summer get-together with books and film screenings, taking place at the Slovene Cinematheque’s Open-Air Cinema (in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova) between 10 and 15 August

Tue, 15. 6. 2021

The Open-Air Book Fair is back in town!As a part of the Slovene Book Days Festival

The popular Open-Air Book Fair is returning to the wonderful garden of the Slovene Writers' Association. For three days, 50 publishers will offer their best and newest editions at affordable prices, with the accompanying program allowing visitors to furher delve into the work of both authors and publishers.

In addition to Ljubljana, the book fair will take place in Koper, Celje and Novo mesto (between 15 and 19 June). 

Tue, 6. 4. 2021

Let’s gift books on World Book Day!The Couch Fair, online book fair 

Between 22 and 25 April, the Couch Fair – an online bookstore, available at – will open its doors, with more than 50 Slovenian publishers offering more than 500 carefully selected books at affordable prices. The purchasing process is made simple by a single shopping basket and the possibility of a single shipment.


Wed, 31. 3. 2021

Sebastijan Pregelj’s A Chronicle of Forgetting listed among 49 Dublin Literary Award novelsCongratulations to Sebastijan Pregelj, whose novel A Chronicle of Forgetting has been longlisted for this year's Dublin Literary Award!

A Chronicle of Forgetting was translated by Rawley Grau and published by The Slovene Writers' Association in 2019 (the original was published by Založba Goga in 2014), with the translator and critic Tanja Petrič contributing the foreword. The book was nominated by the Ljubljana City Library.

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