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25 Jun 2011

Center for Slovenian Literature

Established in 1999, the Centre for Slovenian Literature is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to literary and publishing activities, primarily the international promotion of Slovene literature. The centre supplies information on contemporary Slovene literature to its foreign partners and stimulates translations of Slovene authors into foreign languages. It organises translators' visits to literary events and residencies, supplying them with books and literary magazines. Since 2003 every September a 3-week long residency for international writers, poets and dramatists takes place in Kočevje.

Since 2011 the Centre for Slovenian Literature publishes annually 10 Books from Slovenia with the authors' presentations and excerpts from the books in English (available also online).

Publishing
The Centre for Slovenian Literature publishes the Aleph Edition book series, which includes new Slovene literary works as well as translations of contemporary world literature. Over 100 titles have been published in the series since 1985, some bilingual.

The Contemporary European Poetry project, supported by the EU Culture 2000 Programme, brought translations from Polish, Macedonian, English, Croatian, Lithuanian, Danish and French.

Some of the centre's recent publications (English translations of contemporary Slovene poems, short stories, novel and drama excerpts) are available for download on the website.

Support and promotion
In the last few years the centre has supported various anthologies of Slovene literature and organised numerous international literary tours, including visits to the Centre International de Poesie, Marseilles; the Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Le Theatre Poeme, Brussels; INALCO, Paris; the Centro Rómulo Gallegos, Caracas; the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and the International Book Fair, Sao Paulo; the Casa de Fernardo Pessoa, Lisbon; and many other venues in Australia, Scandinavia, Poland, Macedonia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. In 2005 the Centre for Slovene Literature organised a complex presentation of Slovenia at BookWorld Prague 2005 with an accompanying catalogue.

The Centre for Slovenian Literature is a member of Literature Across Frontiers (LAF).