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 Serbia have been selected to take part in the 2022/2023 Ulysses' Shelter 3 residency programme.


Ognjen Aksentijević (1994, Leskovac, Serbia) graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade at the Department for Serbian Literature with South-Slavonic Literatures, and later obtained his Master’s Degree at the same university. He published two books of poetry: Mind on the Sea, Death on the Back (2017), and The Fled Birds Reserve (2021). His poetry is translated to English, Greek and Slovenian. He is one of the founders and an editor at Rashtan Publishing.


Ivana Maksić was born in 1984 in Kragujevac. She graduated from The University of Novi Sad – The Department of English Language and Literature where she completed her Masters of Art. She writes poetry, prose fragments, nonfiction and translates from English. She has published poetry books: O telo tvori me (Oh Body Em-body Me, 2011), Izvan komunikacije (Beyond Communication, 2013), and Kćeri, zar ne vidiš da gorim (Daughter, Can’t You See I’m Burning, 2020) which was shortlisted for Dušan Vasiljev Award and Vasko Popa Award in 2021. Her texts have been published in various anthologies and collections, regional literary magazines and periodicals, as well as in the UK and the USA. Her poetry has been translated into English, Italian, Slovenian and Greek (selections) and her most recent book Kćeri, zar ne vidiš da gorim (Treći Trg, 2020) is currently being translated to German. Maksić took part in literary festivals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Poligon, 2021), Serbia (AFŽ Novi Sad, 2020; World Poetry Day, Belgrade, 2016), Italy (Palabra en el mundo Venezia, 2020), Croatia (SUR, 2019), Kosovo (POLIP, 2019) and Slovenia (IGNOR, 2018) and was the co-editor of two collections of poetry (REZ, 2016; Do zuba u vremenu, 2014;). She works as a writer, a freelance translator (Association of Literary Translators of Serbia) and an international online English teacher.


The candidates chosen by the partner organisations are: 

Culture Reset, Prague: Jan Škrob, Marek Torčík

Inizjamed, Valetta: Jake Buttigieg, Matthew Schembri

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.


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