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).


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


photo by Maria Schormová

Jan Škrob (1988, Prague) is a Czech poet and translator living in Prague. His three poetry collections are Pod dlažbou (Under the Pavement, 2016), Reál (Reality, 2018) and Země slunce (The Land of the Sun, 2021). German translations of selected poems by Martina Lisa and Jana Krötzsch appeared under the title off topic (hochroth, 2020), and he has contributed to a number of anthologies at home and abroad.  Škrob has performed at several international events and festivals, including Novotvar (Bratislava, 2018), Transpoesie (Brussels, 2019) or Patras World Poetry Festival (Patras, 2022). He is a member of the Czech Writers Association (Asociace spisovatelů) and the Union of Independent Authors (Svaz nezávislých autorů). He is currently working on his fourth poetry collection exploring imagery, themes and contemporary mythologies of sea and seafaring. Read his work in translation on Versopolis and Lyrikline.


photo by Barbora Maršíček-Votavová

Marek Torčík is a poet, novelist and cultural journalist living in Prague. He holds an MA in Anglophone literatures and cultures from Charles University in Prague, and his debut poetry collection Rhizomy (Rhizomes) was published in 2016. His forthcoming novel Rozložíš paměť (Memory Burn), to be released in 2023, deals with the aftermath of trauma and the way memory shapes who we are and how we perceive others. He is currently working on his second novel, set in secluded parts of northern Moravia where history and myths return as reflections of current times. 


The candidates chosen by the partner organisations are: 

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

Slovene Writers' Association, Ljubljana: Tibor Hrs Pandur, Ajda Bračič, Sergej Harlamov

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.


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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