Visegrad Literary Residences – autumn

We are pleased to announce that scholarship stays under the Visegrad Literary Residencies project began on September 1. Four scholarship holders selected by the recruitment committee came to Krakow to spend 3 months here and implement their literary and artistic projects, participate in meetings with authors and other literary events. This year, Villa Decius will host Ivan Štrpka – one of the most important Slovak contemporary poets, András Forgách – a Hungarian playwright, novelist and screenwriter, Ivana Myšková – a Czech radio journalist, writer, and Anna Herbut – a playwright, theater reviewer, art critic and curator.

Ivan Štrpka (1944)

One of the most important contemporary Slovak poets, prose writer, essayist, translator of Spanish and Portuguese literature. He graduated in philosophy from Comenius University in Bratislava. He belonged to the poetry group “Osamelí bežci” (“Lonely Runners”), whose members debuted in the late 1960s. He has written 16 collections of poems (including “Tristan raving” 1971, “Teraz i inne Wyspy” 1981, “Everything is in the shell” 1989, “Master Mu and the female voices” 1997), 2 collections of essays and a novel. His works have been translated, among others: into German, English, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish and Polish. His most famous poetry collection in Poland is “Cicha Hand. “Ten Elegies” – an extensive, multi-part poetic composition, continuing the great, elegiac tradition of European poetry and diagnosing the condition of humanity in the postmodern era. In 2010, he was nominated for the “European Poet of Freedom” award in Gdańsk.

András Forgách (1952)

Hungarian playwright, novelist, screenwriter and literary translator. In the years 1970-1976 he studied the history of philosophy at the University of Loránd Eötvös in Budapest. Then he worked as a playwright, among others. at the theater in Kecskemet and at the National Theater in Budapest. He publishes short stories, essays, criticism and drawings. He is also a translator of, among others, Shakespeare, Williams, Beaumarchais, Orton, Chekhov. His most important works are the novel “The One Who Isn’t There” (1999), the collection of essays “Unholy Success” (2000) and the film script “Robert és Robert” (1985). He is the author of, among others: such dramas as “Vitellius” (1991), “Two Dramas” (1991), “Tercett” (1993), “The Cleaning Lady” (2003) and “Eryk” (2005).

Ivana Myšková (1981)

Czech radio journalist, writer. She studied creative writing and media communication at the Literary Academy in Prague. Since 2007, he has been working in the culture department of Czech Radio 3 – Vltava, co-creating the “Mozaika” program. He mainly prepares short programs about literary events in the Czech Republic and around the world. Her radio play “Odpoledne s liliputem” (“The Afternoon with Liliput”) premiered in 2007. In 2012, her book titled “Nícení”, which was nominated for the Česká Kniha literary award. He publishes his stories, among others: in the magazines “Revolver Revue”, “Dobrá adresa” and “Respekt”. He is currently preparing a collection of short stories.

Anna Herbut (1983)

Playwright, theater reviewer, art critic and curator; graduate of dramaturgy at the Jagiellonian University and dramaturgy of the Theater Institute; PhD student at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University. She describes herself as “a radical fairy tale writer and wordsmith in the field of art-negotiation and copyleft.” She is the co-founder of the Wrocław-based artistic collective Identity Problem Group and the IP Group Foundation. He writes about theater and art for “Dwutygodnik”, “Didaskalia”, “Notatnik Teatralny”, “Chimera” and “Art&Business”.

Visegrad Literary Residencies

The program is an initiative of the Villa Decius Association and the International Visegrad Fund, which is a series of residency stays and literary events. The addressees are writers, poets, essayists, critics, literary translators and journalists from the Visegrad Group countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary). The aim of the program is to annually host selected Literary Residents from all four countries in each V4 country, support their work and mobility, and create a platform for information exchange. Additionally, the program enables the development and promotion of the literature of the Visegrad Group countries in Central Europe.

The program is based on the partnership of four Host Institutions from each V4 country: Institutu umeni in Prague, Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum in Budapest, Villa Decius Association in Krakow and Literarné informačné centrum in Bratislava. The first edition of the program took place from September 1 to November 30, 2012 and enabled 16 Literary Residents to carry out their own literary projects in 4 Host Institutions.

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