Pranger Festival

20th gathering of poets, critics and translators of poetry

27 June – 1 July 2023

Rogaška Slatina, Ljubljana

Pranger Festival will give poetry lovers and readers plenty to look forward to with their 2023 programme. Audiences will be able to enjoy a reflection on nine poetry collections published in 2022 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.

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 Diana Pungeršič.


Thursday, 29 June 2023

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

Critical debate

Friday, 30 June 2023

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

Critical debate

Saturday, 1 July 2023

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

Critical debate

Foreign language in focus: English

No one reads as meticulously as avid readers. Poetry allows for its rewritings and new conceptualizations of the world. In the years from 2022 to 2023, Pranger is focusing on discussing the relationship of English target culture towards Slovenian poetry and deepening the relevant, and transformative connections between English and Slovenian languages.

The Stritar Award for Young Critics 2023

For the tenth year in a row, we will be hosting the Slovene Writers’ Association, which will present this year’s Stritar Award for Young Critics at the concluding festival event on Friday, 30 June 2023 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.