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).


On Saturday December 15th, in the Culture Hall in Babino Polje on the island of Mljet, the „Ulysses' Shelter” residency programme was oficially opened. The programme joins three partners: the Sandorf publishing house from Zagreb, the Slovenian Writers' Society from Ljubljana and the Thraka publishing house from Larissa, Greece. For the duration of the project, over the coming year, each of the partners will be hosting writers from Slovenia, Greece and Croatia in their literary residencies. While in Ljubljana the residency is located in the former apartment of the famous Slovene writer Dane Zajc, and in Larissa in the spaces of the Thraka publishing house, Sandorf, with the assistance of the Mljet local council and the Mljet National Park,  placed the residency in the village of Pomena, at the very northern tip of the island.


At the press conference announcing the opening of the project, the organisers (Ivan Sršen from Sandorf, Agata Šimenc from the Slovenian Writers' Society, and Thanos Gogos from Thraka publishing) presented the project. The audience was also addressed by Eleni Anastasopolou, writer and head of the regional Education Office of the province of Thessaly, and Aksinja Kermauner, president of the Slovenian Writers Society. Christos Armando Gkezos, the Greek poet and first guest of the Mljet residency, presented his work. Mirko Božić, a writer and translator from Mostar, conducted a conversation with the author.


The Mljet audience attended the opening in large numbers, interested in the new cultural event on the island. Armandos Gkezos and Eleni Anastasopolou thrilled the gathered crowd by reading their poems, which were translated into Croatian for the occasion, and the head of the Mljet local council Đivo Market greeted the first artists in residence, Armandos Gkezos and his Croatian colleague Matko Abramić, and welcomed the entire project.


Until fall of next year, a total of twelve young poets will spend time on Mljet, four from each country involved in the project, and every attending author will hold two literary events for local audiences. From Greece it will be Armandos Gkezos, Lena Kallergi, Vassileia Oikonomou and Thanos Gogos, from Slovenia Urška Kramberger, Denis Škofič, Katja Gorečan and Aljaž Koprivnikar, and from Croatia Lara Mitraković, Goran Čolakhodžić, Jasmina Mujkić and Antej Jelenić. All activities of the Mljet literary residency can be followed on the website www.tovar.hr .


The „Ulysses' Shelter” project was co-financed by the European Union's Creative Europe programme, and the Sandorf publishing house (in cooperation with the Mljet local council) intends to keep the project on Mljet, and thereby open the island up for direct communication with European and world literature.



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.


Editor in chief: Ivan Sršen

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