Ulysses' Shelter: building writers-in-residence network

organizes literary residences for young writers, translators and editors. The project will begin at the end of 2018 at three locations - in Ljubljana, Larissa and in Pomena on the island of Mljet, organized by Sandorf publishing house from Zagreb, in partnership with Slovenian Writers' Society (DSP) from Ljubljana and publishing house Thraka from Larissa. Each resident will spend three weeks on each location from December 2018 to October 2019, and the idea of the project is to gradually extend the network of partners to other European countries in the future and to bring together artists from around the world and expose the creative potential of various European locations.
Tovar.hr is the main means of informing about the Ulysses' Shelter project - about the residents, their work, and events within the project (readings, workshops, conferences and social events with residents).

Report from the Ulysses' Shelter 2 opening event on Mljet

On Sunday, February 2, at 5 P.M. at the House of Culture in Babino Polje on Mljet, the Ulysses' Shelter 2 project was officially opened. The project is a continuation of last year's collaboration between the publishing house Sandorf from Zagreb, the public institution Mljet National Park, and the Municipality of Mljet, with support from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

The opening event was attended by representatives of all the partners taking part in this now-large European project focused on building an international network of exchange literary residencies. Alongside Sandorf as the leader of the project, there are four other partners: publishing house Thraka from Larissa, Greece; Slovene Writers' Association from Ljubljana, Slovenia; the organisation Literature Across Frontiers from Wales, UK; and the literary association Krokodil from Belgrade, Serbia. Thanos Gogos from Thraka highlighted that the significance of the project lies in connecting young writers, poets and translators, and he looked back at the first phase of the project which was successfully carried out in 2018 and 2019. Nataša Čebular from the Slovene Writers' Association praised the project and announced the programme for the residency in Ljubljana, while Krokodil's Milica Joksimović and Cari Lake from Literature Across Frontiers expressed contentment over the inclusion of their organisations in the project.

The audience was presented with the residency schedule at the locale Kulijer near the village Pomena at the northernmost edge of the island, in the idyllic surroundings of the National Park. Literary events that are happening over the next several months have also been announced, including presentations on Mljet for the local audience and literary evenings with the residents at Art Workshop Lazareti. In this way, the project's guests will also have the opportunity to introduce themselves to the literary audience in Dubrovnik. Staša Aras who runs writing workshops participated in the opening event as well.

The head of the project, Ivan Sršen from Sandorf, thanked all of the project's supporters and announced the opening of the International Library of Poetry, located on Mljet and filled with poetry books in all world languages gathered through domestic and international donations.

The programme ended with the introduction of two Greek writers who will be staying at the literary residency on Mljet until February 14, Thomas Tsalapatis and Dimitrios Karakitsos, and the talk was led by award-winning young Croatian poet Marija Dejanović.



Sandorf - publishing house founded in 2008, engaged in Croatian literature and literature in translation, and in a wide range of books in humanities.


Center for Research and Promotion of Urban Culture (CIP) is a non-profit association that has existed for twenty years. Established in 1998, it operates in the areas of culture and art, urbanism, youth mobility and social dialogue.


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