Tue, 30. 11. 2021

Writer in the ParkLjubljana UNESCO City of Literature International Literary Residency

Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015, offers two one-month residencies for writers at the Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre, which is part of the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

May and November 2022 (one month per residency/applicant).

The residency is aimed at foreign published writers with a palpable, factual relation with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature that has to be apparent and described as part of the application. 
The applicant must have published at least one book of fiction (be it prose, poetry or drama) in their language. There are no restrictions regarding age, race, gender or nationality. 

Each resident will get a sum amount of the grant and travel expenses of €1000 gross in total (details regarding potential wire-transfer charges and other expenses can be found in the contract). Each resident will stay in their own, separate and fully equipped apartment with a kitchenette at Švicarija/Swisshouse, along with other artists-residents, artists, and exhibitions.

More information.

Sat, 20. 11. 2021

THE 37TH SLOVENIAN E-BOOK FAIR STARTS SOONFrom November 22nd to December 5th

Slovenian publishers are inviting people to buy books with friendly prices straight from their homes. Due to the pandemic, the book fair will again take place online.
Some links to online publisher stores can be found here.


Fri, 12. 11. 2021

International competition for the best poetry and short stories!Manchester Writing Competition 2021 has started 

The best poetry and short stories of up to 2,500 words will be awarded with £10,000. The texts should be unpublished. 

The competition is international, for writers aged 16 and over, and the language of submitted works must be English.

The cost of registration is £18, by the end of November the price is lower. 

Deadline for applications: January 28, 2022.
More online!

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).

More at: https://vilenica.si/en/vilenica-2021-2/

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