Visegrad Literary Residences – spring 2017

On May 1, 2017, scholarship stays began in Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow and Prague as part of the next edition of the international project “Visegrad Literary Residencies”. During the spring edition of the Villa Decius project, the guests are Miloš Doležal – Czech poet, editor, author of radio plays, Aleksandra Zielińska – Polish novelist and short story writer, Gábor Schein – Hungarian poet and writer, and Michal Tallo from Slovakia, poet and film critic.

Miloš Doležal (1970, Czech Republic)

Poet, writer, editor, author of radio plays. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague. Since 1998, he has been working as a literary editor and author of radio plays at Radio Český Rozhlas Praha – the Vltava arts station. His poems and columns were published in Polish literary magazines (“Topos”, “Almanach Prowincjonalny”, “Gość Niedzielny”, “Tygodnik Powszechny”, etc.). A collection of his poems entitled “Gmina” was published in 2004 by Czarne publishing house. His poems and stories have been translated into French, German, Polish, English, Greek, Croatian and Italian. He is the author of many radio documentaries relating to the period of World War II and the communist repression of the 1950s, literary broadcasts, portraits and travel diaries. He wrote a monograph on the Czech martyr of the communist regime, priest Josef Toufar, entitled “Jak Bychom Dnes Zemřít Měli”, for which he received the Book of the Year 2012 award from the “Lidové noviny” newspaper and which was then published in Italy (Itaca, 2015). He lives in Prague and Vysočina.

Aleksandra Zielińska (1989, Poland)

Novelist and short story writer. A graduate of the Jagiellonian University, a student at the Faculty of Art of the Pedagogical University of Krakow, a participant of the ADAPTACJA screenwriting course for writers organized by the Warsaw Film School. Author of two novels: “The Case of Alicja” (2014, nominated for the Conrad Award for the best debut novel) and “Bura i sza” (2016). Both novels were published by W.A.B., GW Foksal, as part of the Archipelagi publishing series. Winner of the Creative Scholarship of the City of Krakow in 2015 in the literature category. Participant of playwriting workshops at the Theater. Juliusz Słowacki. Member of the Munk Studio literary group.

Gábor Schein (1969, Hungary)

Poet and writer. Gábor Schein is the author of numerous published books of poetry, four novels, plays, and literary and political essays. His works have been awarded grants and awards both in Hungary and abroad, and translated into many languages. The author’s latest publications include: “Éujeszka, utazás” [Night, journey] (poems) 2013; “Esernyők a Kossuth téren” [Umbrellas on Kossuth Square] (political essays); 2014 “Svéd” [Swedish] (novel) 2015; “Üdvözlet a kontinens belsejéből” [Greetings from the center of the continent] (poems) 2017.

Michal Tallo (Slovakia)

Poet and film critic. Currently, he is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava, while working as a contributing editor for Vlna – a magazine about contemporary art and culture, head of the programming department of the KLAP cinema in Bratislava and organizer of Medziriadky – a project for debuting young writers. In addition, he regularly gives literary lectures and discussions on literature, film and art in Bratislava and other Slovak cities, and writes poems, film reviews and articles for various Slovak and Czech magazines. His first collection of poems, “Antimita”, was published in 2016.

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