Slovenian writers in Wales: ‘Humour doesn’t save the world, it saves people.’
Four writers from Slovenia will accompany indefatigable Slovenian publisher, Goga, to Wales towards the end of October.
Goga is the publisher of Joe Dunthorne in Slovenian, and has collaborated with Translators' House Wales on a number of writers' residencies over the past couple of years. Most recently, Goga hosted Christopher Meredith, whilst Translators' House Wales has welcomed a number Slovenian writers, including the late Maruša Krese. This builds on connections established by Wales Literature Exchange going back to the Wales country in focus programme at the Vilenica festival in 2010.
There will be an opportunity to meet with the writers and publisher at 19.00 on the 25th of October at Palas Print, Caernarfon.
Christopher Meredith will be hosting a discussion and short readings.
Andrej Rozman Roza (b. Ljubljana, 1955) is a poet, playwright and actor who founded Ana Monró Theatre and Rozinteater in Ljubljana. Most recently, he received the prestigious Prešeren Fund Prize for Literature in Slovenia.
Peter Rezman (b. 1956, Celje) started working as an electrician at a lignite mine before much later entering politics on behalf of the Greens of Slovenia. He started publishing poetry in the late 70's. He has written for the stage and won a number of awards for his short fiction. His first novel was published in 2010.
Tadej Golob (b. Maribor, 1967) won Slovenia's best book of the year award in 2009. He is a climber and is well-known for his travelogues.
Slavko Pregl (b. Ljubljana, 1945) writes primarily for children and young people. He has published over forty books and his work has been translated and published in twelve languages. According to Pregl, humour doesn't save the world, it saves people: 'To tell a story is wonderful. You avoid moments of terrible fear. You skip moments where your soft little heart might being to cry. You reshape moments of ridiculous panic.'
- Maruša Krese (Ljubljana/Berlin⇾Wales)
- Barbara Pogačnik (Ljubljana⇾Wales)
- Chris Meredith reporting from Slovenia
- Jure Jakob (Slovenia ⇾ Wales)
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