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).


Three candidates from Slovenia have been selected to take part in the 2022/2023 Ulysses' Shelter 3 residency programme.


photo by Robert Balen

Ajda Bračič (1990) is active as an architect, publicist and editor, and works with many media from the fields of architecture and culture (Ekran, AirBeletrina, Hiše, Outsider, Razpotja, ETC, Literatura, etc.). Her poetry and short stories have been published in the magazines Literatura, Sodobnost, Rukopisi, Medmet, on the national broadcaster Radio ARS, as well as Radio Študent, she has also won several competition awards. In 2018, the Ignor art collective published a limited edition of booklets of her poetry entitled gravženroža. In 2022, LUD Literatura published her literary debut, a short story collection entitled Leteči ljudje. Her short prose is currently being translated into German and Ukraninan, while her poetry has been translated into German, English and Serbian.


photo by Robert Marin

Sergej Harlamov (1989, Slovenija) is a poet, sociologist, literary comparativist and publicist. In 2011, he was the guest at the Pranger Festival of literature and criticism as a winner of the Young Literature Festival Urška, and his debut book Jedci came out in the same year. His follow up poetry collection Mnogoboj mitologij (2019) was nominated for the Jenko Award, as well as the Kritiško sito Award. It was also included in the selection publication Ten books from Slovenia, selected by the expert critics, as one of the most interesting publications in the year of 2019. This year, Harlamov published his third poetry collection of experimental, concrete-abstract poetry entitled Hypomnemata ali Obnovimo osnove pisanja. His poems were published in all important Slovenian literary magazines and translated into Serbian, German, Hungarian and English. Also, his interdisciplinary BA thesis entitled Michel Houellebecq and the Archaeology of the Present won him the national Student Prešeren Fund Award.


photo by Andrej Petelinšek

Tibor Hrs Pandur (1985, Maribor) is a poet, translator, dramaturge, playwright and teslologist. From 2009 to 2018 he was the editor-in-chief of the magazine and paraliterary organisation I.D.I.O.T. He translates from German, English, Serbo-Croatian and Spanish. In 2008, his debut play Dream 59 was staged at Glej Theatre, for which he was awarded the Young Playwright Award at the 43rd Week of Slovenian Drama in 2013. In 2010, his poetry debut Energymachine was published by the Center for Slovenian Literature; and in 2011, his translation debut of selected poems by Jim Morrison: The Eyewitness (Aleph, Center for Slovenian Literature). In 2017, his second collection of poetry, Internal Affairs, was published by Litera in Maribor. In 2019, his translation of Nikola Tesla's essay The Problem of Increasing of Human Energy (with an extensive accompanying study entitled Tesla's Hybris and the Laws of Nature) was published by ZRC SAZU and Litera, reprinted in an expanded and updated edition in 2021. As a dramaturge he collaborates with Nina Rajić Kranjac and Livija Pandur. His third collection of poetry, Psyops, will be published by Litera in 2022.


The candidates chosen by the partner organisations are: 

Culture Reset, Prague: Jan Škrob, Marek Torčík

Inizjamed, Valetta: Jake Buttigieg, Matthew Schembri

Krokodil, Belgrade: Ivana Maksić, Ognjen Aksentijević

Literature Across Frontiers, Caernarforn: Esyllt Angharad Lewis, Ruqaya Izzidien

Sandorf, Mljet: Marina Gudelj, Sven Popović

Thraka, Larissa: Tonia Tzirita Zacharatou, Marios Chatziprokopiou



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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