Pranger is the only European festival of reflexion on poetry and translation of poetry. At the heart of the festival lie the dignity of art and reception of art. When faced with the poet, how to tell one’s opinion politely and with good intentions as well as solid arguments, and on the other hand, to fearlessly reflect upon the received critique? How to translate poetry and take a road less traveled?
Festival Pranger selects three literary critics and each one of them selects three authors, who published poetry collections in the year before, thus highlighting a total of nine contemporary poetry collections.
Festival Pranger, a gathering of poets, critics and translators of poetry, motivates readers to read and reflect in depth upon nine poetry collections with unconventional poetics, that were published in the year before. Pranger’s critics Barbara Korun, Aljaž Koprivnikar and Domen Slovinič have decided to put in focus of the festival’s 2019 programme the works of Alenka Jovanovski, Klarisa Jovanović, Milan Šelj, Maja Miloševič, Andreja Štepec, Esad Babačić, Varja Balžalorsky Antić, Kaja Teržan in Jure Jakob.
Language in focus: Albanian
The same as goes for critics, goes for translators of poetry from Slovene to other languages – poet’s co-authors. They have the chance to meet the poet, while trying to transplant verses from one culture and reality to another.
This year, we will shine a light on the Albanian language and together with our translators we will weave new relations with the target culture. International programme, previsioned for November 2019, will be focused on albanian poetry, just as last year’s international programme was focused on poetry, originally written in the Basque language.
Poetry of Pranger’s chosen poets 2019 will be translated into standard Albanian by the experienced translator Nikollë Berishaj, who will be joined for the round table, taking place on Friday, 14 June 2019 in Rogaška Slatina, by poet and poliglote Blaž Božič, who has been learning the language for several years.
Stritar’s Award for Young Critics
For the seventh year in the row, we will be hosting Slovene Writers’ Association, that will present Stritar’s Award for Young Critics at the concluding festival event on Saturday, 15 June 2019 at 8 PM in the Cultural Centre Rogaška Slatina. The name of this year’s laureate will be announced at the first discussion of critics in the beginning of the festival in Ljubljana, and the laureate will take an active role among critical debaters in Rogaška Slatina. In 2018, the award was presented to Diana Pungeršič.
ELA – Pranger for the Young
The youngest readers amoung us will benefit from the programme ELA, which will for the first time take place separately from the main festival’s programme on 25 May 2019, in a tight collaboration with Library of Rogaška Slatina. Young poets are invited to participate in a Primary School Poetry Competition, open for entries from 12 February until 29 March 2019. All entries will be graded independently by school triads. On Saturday, 25 May, families with their children and children’s menthors are heartily invited to the award ceremony with accompanying literary programme for children and a banquet in Rogaška Slatina. The head of the programme ELA is mag. Nataša Koražija, director of Library of Rogaška Slatina.
Critics-beginners (you don’t have to be young to participate in this programme!) are invited to participate in a workshop, menthored by Maja Šučur, awardee of Stritar’s award for Young Critics 2017.
Welcome, all our events are admission free!
Thank you: Javna agencija za knjigo Republike Slovenije, Občina Rogaška Slatina, Zavod za turizem in kulturo Rogaška Slatina, Grand Hotel Sava Rogaška Slatina, Knjižnica Rogaška Slatina, Knjižnica Šmarje pri Jelšah, JSKD, KUD AAC Zrakogled, Društvo slovenskih literarnih kritikov, Trubarjeva hiša literature, časnik Večer, Društvo slovenskih pisateljev, Društvo Gaja, Kavarna MiaMia, Knjigarna Antika Celje, Kliping, d. o. o.