We’re excited to invite you to the literature events with award-winning Slovenian author Suzana Tratnik who is current Artist in Residence of the Slovene Arts & Culture Residency in London, the programme aiming to contribute to the international mobility and visibility of Slovene artists. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of Slovenia’s foremost authors discuss literature, activism, and LGBTQ+ issues in Europe today.
Slovenian Lesbian Literature: Four Voices
Evening of poetry and short stories by Suzana Tratnik,
Kristina Hočevar, Vesna Liponik and Nataša Sukič
Friday 15 November 2019 at 7 pm
Gay’s the Word Bookshop
66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB
A limited edition chapbook, Four Voices, has been created especially for the event with commentary on contemporary lesbian literature and working in translation
Suzana Tratnik (1963, Murska Sobota, Slovenia) obtained her BA in sociology, and her MA in gender anthropology Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she lives and works as a writer, translator, and publicist. She has been a lesbian activist since 1987, and is a cofounder of Škuc-Lezbična sekcija LL, the first lesbian group in Eastern Europe, and a curator for Ljubljana’s LGBT Film Festival. She published seven collections of short stories, three novels, a children’s picture book as well as a monodrama, a radio play, and two essays: one on the lesbian movement in Slovenia, and another on lesbian literature, and memoirs.
She received several prominent literature awards including Prešeren Foundation Award for Literature in 2007 – the highest national decoration in the field of literature in Slovenia. Her books and short stories have been translated in more than twenty languages, while she herself has translated several books of British and American fiction and non-fiction.
Kristina Hočevar (1977) is a poet with a BA in Slovenian Language and Literature and General Linguistics. She is the award winning author of six poetry collections. Her poems have been featured in numerous anthologies and translated into fifteen languages. She is currently involved in the poetry platform Versopolis and is together with Tomaž O. Rous exploring silence in the sounds of chaotic music-poetry performance.
Vesna Liponik (1993, Maribor) is a postgraduate student of comparative literature and literary theory and Slovene language at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. Her work has been published in several literary magazines including Idiot, Literatura, Dialogi, Apokalipsa and mosaik22. She has been translated into Serbian, German, Hungarian and English. She is a member of the Lesbian Quarter Festival Collective and works with For the Animals!, a society for the assertion of animal rights.
Nataša Sukič (1962) is a long term lesbian activist, DJ and the first openly lesbian Member of the Slovenian Parliament. She was a co-founder of Škuc-LL, the first lesbian group in both the former Yugoslavia and in Eastern Europe (1987) and she is currently a member of the Lesbian Quarter Festival Collective. She made her debut as a writer in 2005 with her short story collections but soon started writing novels some of which were nominated for Kresnik Literary Award. She is fascinated by dramatic visions, erotic madness, frustrations, obsessive reminiscing, gallows humour, divine beauty, reaching for the unknown, and confronting nothingness, to which she adds allusions to modern pop culture (either film or music).
In partnership with: Ministrstvo za kulturo, Javna agencija za knjigo RS, ŠKUC, Lezbična četrt, Gay’s the Word