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).

PDF: Somewhere in the Middle

“Somewhere in the Middle” is an anthology of works by the authors who participated in the project Ulysses’ Shelter in the years 2021 and 2022, published by the Greek publishing house Thraka for Greek and Cyprian readers in the year 2022.

Ulysses’ Shelter is an international poets’, writers’, and translators’ residency programme, executed by Thraka (Greece), Sandorf (Croatia), Krokodil (Serbia), Slovene writers’ association (Slovenia), and Literature Across Frontiers (Wales). The programme has been running for four years, and during that time, 20 foreign poets stayed in Larissa for 2 weeks, and 10 Greek poets stayed in other cities, such as Ljubljana, Belgrade, and the island Mljet.

The central theme of this book is isolation – whether of physical, social, or emotional nature – actualized either as solitude, or loneliness.

All of these texts, in various ways, deal with the different forms of isolation. Another thing that they have in common is that many of these works were written during the authors’ residential stays in Larissa, Ljubljana, Mljet, and Belgrade. The anthology is named “Somewhere in the Middle”, after one of the prose texts included in the anthology, written by Marilena Papaioannou.

Authors included in the book are last year’s participants in the programme: Iakovos Anyfantakis, Eluned Gramich, Katja Grcić, Filia Kanellopoulou, Nikolas Koutsodontis, Lloyd Markham, Grug Muse, Morgan Owen, Marilena Papaioannou, Uroš Prah, Maja Ručević, Ana Svetel, Nataša Srdić, and Vitomirka Trebovac.

We hope that this book will offer you good company in a time of solitude. Reading is a solitary process because it happens while one is detached from everything around them, and immersed in another world. But despite, or maybe because of this immersion, reading is not a lonely state, because, with a book, one is never alone.



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


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