Centre for Slovenian Literature

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Center za slovensko književnost, zavod za literarno in založniško dejavnost
Metelkova 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 40 206 631
Fax386 (0) 1 505 1674
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Past Events

Established in 1999, the Centre for Slovenian Literature is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to literary and publishing activities, primarily the international promotion of Slovene literature. The centre supplies information on contemporary Slovene literature to its foreign partners and stimulates translations of Slovene authors into foreign languages. It organises translators' visits to literary events and residencies, supplying them with books and literary magazines. Since 2003 every September a 3-week long residency for international writers, poets and dramatists takes place in Kočevje.

Since 2011 the Centre for Slovenian Literature publishes annually 10 Books from Slovenia with the authors' presentations and excerpts from the books in English (available also online).

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The Centre for Slovenian Literature publishes the Aleph Edition book series, which includes new Slovene literary works as well as translations of contemporary world literature. Over 100 titles have been published in the series since 1985, some bilingual.

The Contemporary European Poetry project, supported by the EU Culture 2000 Programme, brought translations from Polish, Macedonian, English, Croatian, Lithuanian, Danish and French.

Some of the centre's recent publications (English translations of contemporary Slovene poems, short stories, novel and drama excerpts) are available for download on the website.

Support and promotion

In the last few years the centre has supported various anthologies of Slovene literature and organised numerous international literary tours, including visits to the Centre International de Poesie, Marseilles; the Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Le Theatre Poeme, Brussels; INALCO, Paris; the Centro Rómulo Gallegos, Caracas; the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and the International Book Fair, Sao Paulo; the Casa de Fernardo Pessoa, Lisbon; and many other venues in Australia, Scandinavia, Poland, Macedonia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. In 2005 the Centre for Slovene Literature organised a complex presentation of Slovenia at BookWorld Prague 2005 with an accompanying catalogue.

The Centre for Slovenian Literature is a member of Literature Across Frontiers (LAF).

Translation workshops and funding

In the recent years it has organised several translation workshops dedicated to gay poetry, works of female authors, and Turkish authors. In May-June 2010 a week-long workshop in poetry translation is organised in the context of the World Book Capital Ljubljana 2010. The workshop that is organised in cooperation with the Literature Across Frontiers and the Living Literature Festival features several guests: Antoine Cassar (Malta), Yolanda Castaño (Spain), Xi Chuan (China), Veronika Dintinjana (Slovenia), Stanislav Lvovsky (Russia), Mamta Sagar (India) and Yasuhiro Yotsumoto (Japan).

Along with the Slovene Writers’ Association and the Slovene PEN Centre, the centre co-administers funds from the Trubar Foundation for subsidising foreign publishers who wish to publish Slovene authors in their native languages.

It also offers occasional grants for translations commissioned by the Ministry of Culture.

Kočevje residency

Since 2003 the centre has offered a residency and a grant for international writers and translators with an interest in Slovene literature and culture to stay in Kočevje, Slovenia, developing their projects and, if appropriate, meeting with Slovene writers and/or translators. In 2010 András Gerevich (1976 Budapest), a poet, screenwriter and literary translator, was selected.

See the link to more information about the 2011 residency below.

See also

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