Publications of the Vilenica festival

Ruimte: An Anthology of Modern Poetry from Flanders1250008843ruimte_cover_web-II
Vilenica Anthology series, Slovene Writers’ Association

The fourth book of the Vilenica Anthology series, which offers a look at lesser known European literatures, is entitled Ruimte, which could be translated as “space,” but also as “spaces,” “universe” and even “freedom,” as the editor of the book Mateja Seliškar Kenda notes in the accompanying text. There she adds: “The Vilenica Anthology series, dedicated to lesser known literatures, this time presents literature from Flanders. As with previous Vilenica guests, also this year it holds true that in many ways it is somewhat specific, beginning with its naming. The literature of Belgian Flanders is written in Dutch and for this reason it is often categorized as Dutch literature, or, at best, the blanket term ‘literature in the Dutch language’ is used for the Dutch and Flemish literary system. Consequently, often in anthologies authors from one or the other side of the border appear together; this collection presents only Flemish creators.”

The anthology encompasses a period of literary creation spanning almost a century in Flanders, the northern, Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. The representative selection arose in close consultation with Tom Van de Voorde from the Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren (The Flemish Literature Fund) and Professor Herbert van Uffelen from Vienna, who added an extensive accompanying text to the anthology. Twenty-three authors are represented in the text, from Paul Van Ostaijen, the pioneer of modern Flemish literature, to the promising young poet Els Moors: the texts were translated by Mateja Seliškar Kenda, Boris A. Novak, Katjuša Ručigaj andTanja Mlaker.
The anthology follows the visual image of the collection, which on the cover depicts representative works of visual artists for the selected literature. The fourth book of the Vilenica series is decorated by the renowned Flemish painter Roger Raveel. Publication of the book was made possible for the Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for the Book, the Flemish Literature Fund and Literature Across Frontiers.


The Vilenica Almanac

The central publication of the festival remains the comprehensive Vilenica Almanac, which features 22 authors from Central European and other countries. The texts are published in the original languages, in Slovene, and in English translations. A separate section is dedicated to the Vilenica Prize Winner. Editors of the almanac are Miljana Cunta and Tanja Petrič.

The Vilenica Almanac 2009

Programme Booklet

In 2006 the publications were enriched with a programme booklet, which has proved most useful both during the festival and later – especially as a collection of data and contacts. A booklet offering information about the authors and the festival programme was printed this year as well..

Programme Booklet 2009