Kateryna Kalytko from Ukraine recipient of CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence 2015
Poet, writer and translator Kateryna Kalytko was born in 1982 in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. Her poems have been included in numerous anthologies of Ukrainian literature, and her works have been translated into English, Polish, German, Hebrew, Russian, Armenian, Italian and Serbian. She translates literature from Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. She has received several important national awards for her literary work as well as an award for her translation of works by Miljenko Jergović. Kalytko is also the founder of the Intermezzo Short Story Festival, the first of its kind in Ukraine.
Kalytko’s Fellowship project is a collection of 22 stories entitled The TVs Stay on All Night Through, dedicated to the theme of memory and anxiety resulting from major social traumas. In these stories the author intends to juxtapose post-Yugoslav and post-Soviet experience (mainly Ukrainian and Bosnian-Herzegovinian) through the prism of personal stories of characters whose lives have been affected by enormous social upheavals. To implement her project, Kalytko will spend her residency in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The CEI has been presenting the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence in collaboration with the Slovene Writers’ Association, as part of the Vilenica International Literary Festival, since 2006. The Fellowship seeks to encourage cross-border cooperation and promotion in the field of literature for young writers from non-EU CEI Member States.
The Fellowship award of 5,000 EUR, is meant to be used for a three-month residency in any CEI Member State of the candidate’s choice. During this period the author is expected to work on the project indicated in the application form.
The awarding ceremony was held on 2 September in Sežana, Slovenia, during the opening of the 30th Vilenica Festival which is taking place until 6 September. The programme includes meetings, poetry readings, panel discussions and debates with authors and writers from Europe and other countries worldwide.
On 1 September, Kateryna Kalytko and Mirko Božić (last year’s Fellowship recipient) were the guests of the Vilenica pre-opening event held in Trieste at the CEI HQ, organised by the Slovene Writers’ Association in cooperation with the CEI and Group 85 - Skupina 85.
On 3 September, the CEI co-sponsored Round Table on “Reflections of Place” took place in Lipica, Slovenia, with the participation of authors and writers from the CEI region.
INTERVIEW with Kateryna Kalytko