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).

Online Residency

The online residency was designed to offer the residents who were supposed to visit Sandorf's Mljet residency as a part of Ulysses' Shelter exchange, but were unable to travel mostly because of the restrictions and dangers during the pandemic. The online residency consisted of two sessions (April 6 and 27, 2022) at which Ivan Sršen and writer Staša Aras offered the online residents tours of the island Mljet and the city of Dubrovnik, showing them interesting sites and explaining to them the stories behind those sites through photography. During the first session, the residents were introduced to the physical and historical spaces of Mljet and Dubrovnik, and for the other session, they prepared a short text (whether a story, a poem, or a non-fiction piece) based on what they experienced visiting those spaces and landscapes online. The online residents were very satisfied with the result: they read their writings and Ivan Sršen read translations of their writings whether in English or Croatian language.

The participants' writings:



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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