Pranger Festival 2022

19th gathering of poets, critics and translators of poetry

5 July – 9 July 2022

Rogaška Slatina, Ljubljana

Pranger Festival will give poetry lovers and readers plenty to look forward to with their 2022 programme. Audiences will be able to enjoy a reflection of nine poetry collections published in 2021 and attend The Stritar Award for Young Critics ceremony. Children will be able to participate in the ELA-Little Pranger workshop and adults interested in translation will have the opportunity to join a workshop dedicated to translating poetry from Slovene into English (Frankfurt 2023).

At the heart of the Pranger Festival lie the dignity and reception of art. When faced with a poet, how to tell one’s opinion politely and with good intentions as well as solid arguments, and on the other hand, fearlessly reflect upon the received critique? How to translate poetry and take a road less travelled?

Pranger Festival chooses three literary critics who select three authors with newly published poetry collections. All critical debates will be hosted by the 2017 Stritar Award winner Maja Šučur.

Programme

Thursday, 7 July 2022

Cultural Centre Rogaška Slatina, 2PM (until 5:50PM)

Critical debate

  • Kristina Hočevar: Rujenje (CSK, Ljubljana), chosen by Denis Škofič
  • Neža ZajcBrez slovesa (Slovenska matica, Ljubljana), chosen by PhD Alen Albin Širca
  • Nina DragičevićTo telo, pokončno (ŠKUC, Ljubljana), chosen by Silvija Žnidar

Friday, 8 July 2022

Cultural Centre Rogaška Slatina, 9:30AM (until 1:20PM)

Critical debate

  • Natalija MilovanovićSamoumevno (CSK, Ljubljana), chosen by Silvija Žnidar
  • Meta Kušar: Zmaj (Litera, Maribor), chosen by PhD. Alen Albin Širca
  • Janez Ramoveš: Skupinska slika (Cankarjeva založba, Ljubljana), chosen by Denis Škofič

Saturday, 9 July 2022

Cultural Centre Rogaška Slatina, 9:30AM (until 1:20PM)

Critical debate

  • Kristina Kočan: Selišča (Litera, Maribor), chosen by Denis Škofič
  • Cvetka Lipuš: Odhajanje za začetnike (Beletrina, Ljubljana), chosen by PhD. Alen Albin Širca
  • Jernej ŽupaničOrodje za razgradnjo imperija (LUD Literatura, Ljubljana), chosen by Silvija Žnidar

Foreign language in focus: German

No one reads as meticulously as avid readers. Poetry allows for its rewritings and new conceptualizations of the world. In the years from 2020 to 2022, Pranger is focusing on discussing the relationship of German’s target culture towards Slovenian poetry and deepening the already historically strong, existentially relevant, and transformative connections between German and Slovenian cultures.


The Stritar Award for Young Critics 2021

For the ninth year in a row, we will be hosting Slovene Writers’ Association, that will present this year’s Stritar Award for Young Critics at the concluding festival event on Friday, 8 July 2022 in Rogaška Slatina’s Cultural Centre.


Critique studio

Young Critique and Translation Critique are two mentored workshops for beginner critics (non-beginners also welcome) that will be held at the festival in autumn.


ELA- Little Pranger

ELA-Little Pranger workshop is dedicated to our youngest readers who will be able to participate in a children’s poetry competition. Like last year, the workshop is part of a collaboration with Cultural Centre Rogaška Slatina and is held separately from the critical part of the festival.


Books in Clothing

Pranger’s chosen books will be treated to an artistic book cover transformation with the help of the Books in Clothing project, a collaboration of our festival with MKC Maribor and Maribor’s Slovenian Book Days Festival.


Join us, the entrance is free!

This event is part of the reading culture programme co-financed by the Slovenian Book Agency.