Goran Vojnović and Gabriela Babnik on literary tour in Great Britain


Between 5th and 12th of March two young Slovene authors, Goran Vojnović and Gabriela Babnik, are visiting London and Nottingham (UK). During their visit they will hold three literary readings.

Goran Vojnović and Gabriela Babnik are representatives of a young generation of Slovene literary artists. In their own way, they each engage with a Slovene speaking world which they then confront with other cultures.

You are kindly invited to their literary events, which will take place on:

- 7th March at 18.00 at University of Nottingham, Trent Building, Room B40 (with Gabriela Babnik)

- 8th March at 18.30 at the Embassy of the republic of Slovenia in London (10 Little College Street, London SW1P 3SH)

- 11th March at 19.00 at the University of Nottingham, Highfield House, Room A1 (with Goran Vojnović)

Free entry to all events!

Gabriela Babnik, born 1979, is an author, literary critic and researcher of African literature. Her first novel, ‘Koža iz bombaža’ (Cotton Skin), received an award for the best novelistic debut of 2007, her second novel ‘V visoki travi’(In the Tall Grass) was nominated for the Kresnik Prize in 2009, and she published her third novel, ‘Sušna doba’ (Dry Season), in 2011. In her novels the European (or more specifically Slovene) world meets with Africa, a meeting which the author presents with an exceptional sense for language and detail.

Goran Vojnović, born 1980, has worked on a number of short films both as a director and screenwriter. In 2010 he directed his first feature film, ‘Piran-Pirano’. His 2008 literary debut ‘Čefurji, Raus!’ (Southern Scum, Go Home!) uses inventive language to present the lives of immigrants from the former Yugoslav republics now living in Ljubljana’s Fužine district. The novel was well received, and was awarded the Prešeren Fund Award and the Kresnik Prize for Novel of the Year. The novel has been translated into several languages, including into English in October 2012. Vojnović’s second novel, ‘Jugoslavija, moja dežela’ (Yugoslavia, My Country) speaks of the tragic fates of individuals, the search for identity and the collapse of countries which were once united.