Two candidates from Croatia have been selected to take part in the 2023/2024 Ulysses' Shelter 3 residency programme. Congratulations!
photo by Asiana Jurca Avci
Dora Šustić is a writer and screenwriter born in 1991 in Rijeka, Croatia. She obtained her BA in political sciences from the University of Ljubljana and MA in screenwriting from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). She worked as a screenwriter and story editor on various film and TV projects in Croatia and abroad and is currently developing her debut feature. Her essays, poems, and short stories have been published in regional and international literary magazines (Bosporus Review of Books, Hourglass Literary Magazine, GUTS Magazine, Večernji list, Kritična masa) and translated into English and Turkish. In 2022 her debut novel Dogs was published by Gradska knjižnica Rijeka, with the second edition being released by Fraktura. She is an alumna of various screenwriting workshops (Berlinale Talents, Talents Sarajevo, Cinekid, Midpoint, UGC Writers’ Campus, etc) and was hosted as a writer in residence in Istanbul in 2016 and Andalusia in 2019. She lives in Zagreb.
Lana Pukanić was born in 1986 in Zagreb. She studied Comparative Literature and English Language and Literature, and graduated with a thesis on girlhood. She was one of the founders and editors of the feminist portal Muf, and since 2018 she’s been editing the website Krilo. A selection of her texts and essays was published in 2020 under the title “Teenage Girls and Other Monsters” (Fraktura). As a freelancer, she mostly did translation and web design. Since 2017 she’s been working at the Institute for Political Ecology in Zagreb. She’s a trained, but extremely inactive beekeeper. She’s currently writing her first novel entitled “Pogrebnica” (“Death Becomes Her”), for which she received a grant from the Croatian Ministry of Culture.