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The recipient of the Central European Initiative Fellowship for the year 2018

About the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence

Since 2006 the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence has been presented by the Central European Initiative in collaboration with the Slovene Writers’ Association, as part of the Vilenica Festival. The Fellowship seeks to encourage cross-border cooperation and promotion in the field of literature for young writers from Central European Initiative member states that are not members of the European Union. The Fellowship, which is endowed with a cash award of 5,000 EUR, is intended to be used for a three-month residence in any CEI member state of the candidate’s choice. During this period the author is expected to work on the project indicated in the application form.

The recipient of the Central European Initiative Fellowship for the year 2018 is Maria Paula Erizanu from Moldova.

Maria Paula Erizanu:foto © Ivo Stefanic

Maria Paula Erizanu, born in 1992, is a Moldovan writer who is interested in the convergences between the personal and the political. She studied History and English at the New College of the Humanities, London, and did her MA in Journalism at City University. Her first book, This Is My First Revolution. Steal It(2010), is a non-fiction account of the Moldovan mass protests in April 2009 and received several prizes, including UNESCO’s ‘World’s Most Beautiful Production’ at Leipzig and the National Library in Moldova. She also published a poetry collection, entitled Take Care(2015). Dividing her time between London, Chisinau and Bucharest, she freelances for The Guardian, CNN, Aeon, Dazedin the UK, as well as for Scena9, Observator Culturaland Dilema Vechein Romania.

From the committee’s justification:

The recipient of the Central European Initiative Fellowship for Writers in Residence for 2018 is Maria-Paula Erizanu from Moldova

Maria Paula Erizanu was educated in Moldova and the United Kingdom, and she currently lives between Chisinau, Bucharest and London, where she works as a freelance journalist and writer. Despite being one of the youngest applicants for the fellowship this year, she is a person with a wide range of cultural interests, and an engaged member of the post-socialist generation that is crossing borders and overcoming ideological divisions.

Erizanu may be young, but she has already had a notable career: her first book, published when she was eighteen, was favourably received both by critics and the wider public, and received several noteworthy awards and nominations. The communicative discussion of a recent social issue (anti-corruption rallies in Moldova in April 2009) through the eyes of a seventeen-year-old girl led to many television and radio appearances for her; there she proved to be a thinker with great intellectual potential. Her book of poems, published in 2015, opened the doors to international festivals. She has proven her social engagement, initiative and writing skills in articles discussing a wide range of current issues for several prominent British, Moldovan and Romanian media, and in her self-assured public appearances.

The proposed residency project – submitted under the working title The Red Line (since changed into The Woods Are Burning) and the author’s most ambitious work so far – convinced the jury with its satisfying definition and realistic concept, which testifies to the author’s careful consideration of the work she wishes to do during the three-month residency. Its polemic basis promises valuable writing about a social issue from a multi-generational and multicultural perspective. Erizanu’s work will address the links between the personal and the political, and touch upon several pressing issues in contemporary society. By presenting the tumultuous life of two revolutionaries – a Russian and a Polish pioneer of women’s rights, who later lived in Zurich and many other cities, and sexual liberation at the beginning of the 20thcentury – she seeks to critically explore the myth of romantic love, the intertwinement of class and sexual equality in Soviet feminism and the regional identity of East Europe. In her description of the project, the author demonstrates an oblique examination of contemporary society with historic parallels, with which she will strive to bring stories of Eastern Europe closer to a wider international audience; this attempt is facilitated by her intercultural work, multilingualism and intellectual awareness.

As the project seems feasible and promising, the CEI jury is convinced that Maria-Paula Erizanu will be able to successfully combine her proven writing, journalistic and personal qualities. The jury hope that she will be select a residential environment that will enable her to exchange creative impulses, and wish her great resolve in pursuing her work.

International jury members for the CEI Fellowship for 2018:
Andrej Pleterski (President), Ludwig Hartinger, Jaruška Majovski, Marko Sosič and Đurđa Strsoglavec

Previous CEI Fellowship recipients:
2017 – Andriy Lyubka, Ukraine
2016 – Tanja Bakić, Montenegro
2015 – Kateryna Kalytko, Ukraine
2014 – Mirko Božić, BiH / Croatia
2013 – Artem Chapeye, Ukraine
2012 – Ajla Terzić, BiH
2011 – Ognjen Spahić, Montenegro
2010 – Maja Hrgović, Croatia
2009 – Dragan Radovančević, Serbia
2008 – Ivana Sajko, Croatia
2007 – Marianna Kiyanovska, Ukraine
2006 – Goce Smilevski, Macedonia

Call for Applications for the CEI FELLOWSHIP FOR WRITERS IN RESIDENCE for the year 2018

Call for Applications for the CEI FELLOWSHIP FOR WRITERS IN RESIDENCE for the year 2018 awarded by the CENTRAL EUROPEAN INITIATIVE in co-operation with the SLOVENE WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION within the Vilenica International Literary Festival

Overview

The CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence is an award aimed at encouraging cross-border cooperation and promotion in the field of literature for young writers from Central European countries not yet part of the European Union. The fellowship is endowed with a cash award of EUR 5,000 for a three-month stay in any of the Central European Initiative Member States, selected by the candidate. The fellowship winner will be guest of the 33rd Vilenica International Literary Festival which will take place from 5 to 9 September 2018 at various locations in Slovenia. The fellowship winner will be officially announced at the press conference at the end of August, and fellowship will be awarded to him or her at the festival. The candidate is eligible for the fellowship from 5 September 2018 until 5 September 2019. Within 60 days after completion of the residency, the candidate must submit a written report.

The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its Member States and with the European Union, other interested public institutions or private and non-governmental organisations, as well as international and regional organisations. In order to offer a solid contribution to European integration the CEI combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while also bridging European macro-regions. The CEI, whose Headquarters is located in Trieste, is composed of 18 Member States: 10 EU members (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 8 non-EU members (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine). In December 2011, the CEI was granted the observer status in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

www.cei.int

The Slovene Writers’ Association produces and carries out contemporary public programmes in the field of literature. With a wide array of programmes and activities, it represents the most active organisation and the main centre of literary activity in Slovenia. The role of principal operator of public programmes in literature is also recognized by the Slovenian Book Agency with their active support and regular financing. The beginnings of the association can be traced back to 1872, when authors started to organise, but it took the current name in 1968. It was presided by distinguished Slovene writers. The Slovene Writers’ Association promotes creative freedom, acts as advocate to improve the status of Slovene literature and writers, and brings together writers from the entire Slovene cultural space, regardless of the borders. Always critical and creative, the association has helped make significant changes in the Slovene social and cultural space and life. It was very active during Slovenia’s quest for independence and the formation of the young country. The association fosters regular relations with international writers and carries out internationally acclaimed programmes.

www.drustvopisateljev.si

The Vilenica International Literary Festival, a gathering of poets, prose writers, playwrights and essayists, but also translators, publishers, editors and critics from Central Europe and beyond is organised by the Slovene Writers’ Association in collaboration with the Cultural Society Vilenica from Sežana. Since the first Vilenica international festival in 1986, the climax of the event has been the presentation of the Vilenica International Literary Prize, awarded by the Slovene Writers’ Association to a Central European author for outstanding achievements in the field of literature and essay writing. Vilenica Prize Winners include: Fulvio Tomizza, Peter Handke, Peter Esterházy, Jan Skácel, Tomas Venclova, Zbigniew Herbert, Milan Kundera, Libuše Moníková, Josip Osti, Adolf Muschg, Adam Zagajewski, Pavel Vilikovský, Peter Nádas, Erica Pedretti, Slavko Mihalić, Jaan Kaplinski, Ana Blandiana, Mirko Kovač, Brigitte Kronauer, Karl-Markus Gauss, Ilma Rakusa, Miodrag Pavlović, Goran Stefanovski, Andrzej Stasiuk, Claudio Magris, Dževad Karahasan, Mircea Cărtărescu, David Albahari, Olga Tokarczuk, László Krasznahorkai, Jáchym Topol, Dubravka Ugrešić and Yuri Andrukhovych. Vilenica features numerous literary and cultural events; the theoretical part of the festival provides many opportunities for in-depth debates, while social events add to a relaxed atmosphere for socializing and meeting.

www.vilenica.si

Conditions of entry

Applicants eligible for the fellowship are writers from all genres under 35 (born after 1983 – from 1 January 1984 onwards) from CEI Member States, which are not part of the European Union (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine).

Application guidelines

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018. Applications must be received in a sealed envelope by regular mail. The committee will consider entries postmarked on or before 30 April 2018.

Slovene Writers’ Association
(Writer in Residence)
Tomšičeva 12
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

The application must include the following obligatory enclosures:

  1. A filled in registration form (find attached).
  2. A biography of the applicant in English (max. 1800 characters without spaces).
  3. Copy of a valid ID or passport with the visible date and place of birth, and the citizenship of the applicant.
  4. A bibliography of the applicant in English (max. 3600 characters without spaces).
  5. A description in English of the project to be undertaken during the three-month residence
    (2000 – 4500 characters without spaces). The project must be a literary work (all genres and themes), not a research project.
  6. One original signed letter of recommendation in English (max. 1800 characters without spaces, letters without the original signature will not be considered).

Incomplete entries will not be considered.

Application procedure

  1. The application form will be distributed through all major writers’ organizations in the candidate states, on the web-page of the CEI, the SWA and the Vilenica festival,
    namely: www.cei.int, www.drustvopisateljev.si and www.vilenica.si
  2. The international committee including members from Slovenia, Italy and Austria will consider entries postmarked on or before 30 April 2018.
  3. Entries will be evaluated according to the following criterion: 30% (3 points) for the bibliography, 50% (5 points) for the project description and 20% (2 points) for the letter of recommendation.
  4. All the candidates will be notified of the decision of the committee by 15 July 2018.
  5. The fellowship winner will be officially announced at the press conference at the end of August, and fellowship will be awarded to him or her at the festival.
  6. 60 days after completion of the residency, the candidate must submit a written report in English (7200 – 9000 characters without spaces) by regular or e-mail to the Slovene Writers’ Association.

Information

Questions may be sent via e-mail or by fax no later than 14 days before the deadline to:

Slovene Writers’ Association
Društvo slovenskih pisateljev
Ms Nana Vogrin
Tomšičeva 12
SI-1000 Ljubljana
e-mail: nana.vogrin@vilenica.si
Fax: 00386 1 42 16 430
Tel: 00386 1 25 14 144

Registration_form_2018

Threads of Vilenica

Threads of Vilenica

Photographic exhibition at the 32nd Vilenica International Literary Festival

Organized by the Higher Vocational College of the “Srečko Kosovel School Centre” Sežana and the Slovene Writers’ Association

NLB Gallery Avla, 3.10.–30.11.2017

This year saw the 32nd Vilenica International Literary Festival. The Sežana School Centre has been collaborating with the festival for many years – many of its secondary school students who study design have created, out of stone, the Crystal Vilenica award; those who study photography have prepared an exhibition to display photos they took throughout the festival. The theme of this year’s Vilenica was devoted to the relationship between literature and the world, how they interact with and transform each other, and for that reason the title of this photographic exhibition in “Niti Vilenice” or “Threads of Vilenica.” Also photographers create stories. Throughout the festival, these young photographers strove to catch the authors at their most genuine of moments, while remaining ever mindful of the fact that a reporter’s or documentarist’s task is also archival in nature. They observed and photographed the writers at readings, symposiums, presentations and on excursions, capturing them during vivid discussions, collegial conversations, as well as in those quiet moments when the writers withdrew into their own thoughts. The students showed an extraordinary sense of people and space, thus conjuring up the atmosphere of the festival. Their photos offer new perspectives and different viewpoints.

The photographs on display were taken by the following: Din Hajdarpašić, Tina Kosmos, Ana Rojc, Maja Oblak Rolli, Luka Škulj, Ivo Štefanič, Aleksander Zdjarski. The mentors of the photographers are Katarina Sadovski, MA, and the “docent” Jasna Klančišar, MA.

Kristal Vilenice 2017

Mednarodna žirija v sestavi Kerrie O’Brien, predsednica, Immanuel Mifsud, Dubravka Ugrešić, Thorsten Ahrend in Maja Vidmar, je med srednjeevropskimi avtorji, ki so se letos predstavili v zborniku in na literarnih branjih, izbrala dobitnico nagrade Kristal Vilenice, ki je bila podeljena na današnji literarni matineji v Kobdilju.

Kristal Vilenice 2017 prejme: ANTONELLA BUKOVAZ, Italija.

Antonella Bukovaz se je rodila leta 1963 v vasici Topolovo (Topolò) v Benečiji. Je pesnica in performerka, ki sodeluje pri različnih umetniških projektih na obeh straneh meje. Med drugim je napisala besedila za predstave sonoričnega gledališča Hanne Preuss, v katerih je tudi nastopila; izšla so v dvojezični izdaji 3 X 3 besede za teater/3X3 parole per il teatro (2016). Zadnja leta se posveča predvsem pesnjenju, pri čemer jo še posebej zanima interakcija med besedami, zvokom in podobami na literarnih branjih, v videopoeziji in avdio-video instalacijah.
Utemeljitev žirije:

“Najprej bi se rada zahvalila celotni festivalski ekipi in kolegom, članom žirije – bilo mi je v čast sodelovati pri izboru prejemnika nagrade. Naša naloga ni bila lahka zaradi neverjetno visoke kakovosti letošnjih del. Toda eno od njih nas je s svojo toplino in življenjem resnično prevzelo, po svoji metaforiki, refrenu, ritmu in zgradbi pa izstopalo od preostalih in se lepo povezalo s tematiko letošnjega festivala. Če navedem avtorico:.”… na nobenem drugem kraju ni tako jasno da resničnosti ni temveč je samo njena interpretacija.” V veselje mi je razglasiti, da letošnji Kristal Vilenice prejme Antonella Bukovaz.”

Kerrie OBrien, predsednica žirije
**

Dobitnik Kristala Vilenice prejme statueto, oblikovano v okviru sodelovanja z Višjo strokovno šolo Šolskega centra Srečka Kosovela Sežana, ter dobi priložnost, da nastopi na uglednem mednarodnem literarnem festivalu Cúirt, ki se odvija v mesecu aprilu v irskem Galwayu.

www.galwayartscentre.ie/cuirt.htm

Lani je Kristal Vilenice prejela Katerina Kalitko iz Ukrajine.

Central European Initiative Fellowship for the year 2017

About the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence

Since 2006 the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence has been presented by the Central European Initiative in collaboration with the Slovene Writers’ Association, as part of the Vilenica Festival. The Fellowship seeks to encourage cross-border cooperation and promotion in the field of literature for young writers from Central European Initiative member states that are not members of the European Union. The Fellowship, which is endowed with a cash award of 5,000 EUR, is intended to be used for a three-month residence in any CEI member state of the candidate’s choice. During this period the author is expected to work on the project indicated in the application form.

The recipient of the Central European Initiative Fellowship for the year 2017 is Andriy Lyubka from Ukraine.

Andriy Lyubka, a poet, writer and essayist, was born in 1987. He graduated from Mukachevo Military School, Ukrainian philology at Uzhgorod University, and Balkan studies at the University of Warsaw. He is the author of three books of poetry, a collection of short stories and a book of essays. In 2007 he received the Debut prize and in 2011 the Kyiv Laurels prize. He is also a translator from Polish, Croatian, Serbian and English and the curator of two international poetry festivals. He lives in Uzhgorod.

From the committee’s justification:

Andriy Lyubka is among the top young poets and writers of Ukrainian literature and he is a most promising European creator. He has received several literary awards and stipends, he has been translated into a number of languages, and he is highly engaged in the promotion of Ukrainian and European literature: working in several genres, he also translates from several languages.
In Lyubka’s opus to date – in poetry, essays and prose – he has shown a great sensitivity for the peripheral landscapes of European culture, from Ovid’s times forth. These may be the twilight regions of our consciousness, yet they are startlingly creative. They reflect the ambitions of artists to promote values ​​that are vital to “Europeanism.”
Lyubka’s book plan has Ovid as a metaphorical link between Western and Eastern Europe, which represents a creative challenge for him. And that is precisely what proved convincing to the jury members. Lyubka is aware that the borders between traditions and languages ​​are but a confirmation that we breathe the same air, settle the same shores, in the awareness and preservation of identity divisions between cultures. On many boats of literary works, however, there is a cargo that must be brought to the ports of other languages ​​and cultures.
A further project emphasis is that Vilenica / Slovenia – the place of the writer’s residence – is a crossroads of heterogeneity within a common European identity, reflecting a bold and perspicacious starting point.

International jury members for the CEI Fellowship for 2017:

Patrizia Vascotto, President, Lidija Dimkovska, Ludwig Hartinger, Marko Kravos, Đurđa Strsoglavec

Previous CEI Fellowship recipients:

2016 – Tanja Bakić, Montenegro
-2015 – Kateryna Kalytko, Ukraine
2014 – Mirko Božić, BiH / Croatia
2013 – Artem Chapeye, Ukraine
2012 – Ajla Terzić, BiH
2011 – Ognjen Spahić, Montenegro
2010 – Maja Hrgović, Croatia
2009 – Dragan Radovančević, Serbia
2008 – Ivana Sajko, Croatia
2007 – Marianna Kiyanovska, Ukraine
2006 – Goce Smilevski, Macedonia

Call for Applications for the CEI FELLOWSHIP FOR WRITERS IN RESIDENCE 2017

Call for Applications for the CEI FELLOWSHIP FOR WRITERS IN RESIDENCE for the year 2017 awarded by the CENTRAL EUROPEAN INITIATIVE in co-operation with the SLOVENE WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION within the Vilenica International Literary Festival

Overview

The CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence is an award aimed at encouraging cross-border cooperation and promotion in the field of literature for young writers from Central European countries not yet part of the European Union. The fellowship is endowed with a cash award of EUR 5,000 for a three-month stay in any of the Central European Initiative Member States, selected by the candidate. The fellowship winner will be guest of the 32nd Vilenica International Literary Festival which will take place from 6 to 10 September 2017 at various locations in Slovenia. The fellowship winner will be officially announced at the press conference at the beginning of September, and fellowship will be awarded to him or her at the festival. The candidate is eligible for the fellowship from 6 September 2017 until 6 September 2018. Within 60 days after completion of the residency, the candidate must submit a written report.

The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its Member States and with the European Union, other interested public institutions or private and non-governmental organisations, as well as international and regional organisations. In order to offer a solid contribution to European integration the CEI combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while also bridging European macro-regions. The CEI, whose Headquarters is located in Trieste, is composed of 18 Member States: 10 EU members (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 8 non-EU members (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine). In December 2011, the CEI was granted the observer status in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

www.cei.int

The Slovene Writers’ Association produces and carries out contemporary public programmes in the field of literature. With a wide array of programmes and activities, it represents the most active organisation and the main centre of literary activity in Slovenia. The role of principal operator of public programmes in literature is also recognized by the Slovenian Book Agency with their active support and regular financing. The beginnings of the association can be traced back to 1872, when authors started to organise, but it took the current name in 1968. It was presided by distinguished Slovene writers. The Slovene Writers’ Association promotes creative freedom, acts as advocate to improve the status of Slovene literature and writers, and brings together writers from the entire Slovene cultural space, regardless of the borders. Always critical and creative, the association has helped make significant changes in the Slovene social and cultural space and life. It was very active during Slovenia’s quest for independence and the formation of the young country. The association fosters regular relations with international writers and carries out internationally acclaimed programmes.

www.drustvopisateljev.si

The Vilenica International Literary Festival, a gathering of poets, prose writers, playwrights and essayists, but also translators, publishers, editors and critics from Central Europe and beyond is organised by the Slovene Writers’ Association in collaboration with the Cultural Society Vilenica from Sežana. Since the first Vilenica international festival in 1986, the climax of the event has been the presentation of the Vilenica International Literary Prize, awarded by the Slovene Writers’ Association to a Central European author for outstanding achievements in the field of literature and essay writing. Vilenica Prize Winners include: Fulvio Tomizza, Peter Handke, Peter Esterházy, Jan Skácel, Tomas Venclova, Zbigniew Herbert, Milan Kundera, Libuše Moníková, Josip Osti, Adolf Muschg, Adam Zagajewski, Pavel Vilikovský, Peter Nádas, Erica Pedretti, Slavko Mihalić, Jaan Kaplinski, Ana Blandiana, Mirko Kovač, Brigitte Kronauer, Karl-Markus Gauss, Ilma Rakusa, Miodrag Pavlović, Goran Stefanovski, Andrzej Stasiuk, Claudio Magris, Dževad Karahasan, Mircea Cărtărescu, David Albahari, Olga Tokarczuk, László Krasznahorkai, Jáchym Topol and Dubravka Ugrešić. Vilenica features numerous literary and cultural events; the theoretical part of the festival provides many opportunities for in-depth debates, while social events add to a relaxed atmosphere for socializing and meeting.

www.vilenica.si

Conditions of entry

Applicants eligible for the fellowship are writers from all genres under 35 (born after 1982 – from 1 January 1983 onwards) from CEI Member States, which are not part of the European Union (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine).

Application guidelines

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2017. Applications must be received in a sealed envelope by regular mail. The committee will consider entries postmarked on or before 30 April 2017.

Slovene Writers’ Association

(Writer in Residence)

Tomšičeva 12

SI-1000 Ljubljana

The application must include the following obligatory enclosures:

  1. A filled in registration form (find attached).
  2. A biography of the applicant in English (max. 1800 characters without spaces).
  3. Copy of a valid ID or passport with the visible date and place of birth, and the citizenship of the applicant.
  4. A bibliography of the applicant in English (max. 3600 characters without spaces).
  5. A description in English of the project to be undertaken during the three-month residence
    (2000 – 4500 characters without spaces). The project must be a literary work (all genres and themes), not a research project.
  6. One original signed letter of recommendation in English (max. 1800 characters without spaces, letters without the original signature will not be considered).

Incomplete entries will not be considered.

Application procedure

  1. The application form will be distributed through all major writers’ organizations in the candidate states, on the web-page of the CEI, the SWA and the Vilenica festival,
    namely: www.cei.int, www.drustvopisateljev.si and www.vilenica.si
  2. The international committee including members from Slovenia, Italy and Austria will consider entries postmarked on or before 30 April 2017.
  3. Entries will be evaluated according to the following criterion: 30% (3 points) for the bibliography, 50% (5 points) for the project description and 20% (2 points) for the letter of recommendation.
  4. All the candidates will be notified of the decision of the committee by 15 July 2017.
  5. The fellowship winner will be officially announced at the press conference at the beginning of September, and fellowship will be awarded to him or her at the festival.
  6. 60 days after completion of the residency, the candidate must submit a written report in English (7200 – 9000 characters without spaces) by regular or e-mail to the Slovene Writers’ Association.

Information

Questions may be sent via e-mail or by fax no later than 14 days before the deadline to:

Slovene Writers’ Association

Društvo slovenskih pisateljev

Ms Nana Vogrin

Tomšičeva 12

SI-1000 Ljubljana

e-mail: nana.vogrin@vilenica.si

Fax: 00386 1 42 16 430

Tel: 00386 1 25 14 144

Public call 2017

Registration form