The TRADUKI-supported Writers-in-Residence Programs in Belgrade, Novo Mesto, Prishtina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Split, and Tirana have developed a joint program called “Reading Balkans”, for which they received the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. They invite interested writers (prose, poetry, drama, and essays) from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia to apply for four-week stays in one of the seven cities. Available are 21 fellowships in the period from March 1 and July 31, 2018. Deadline for applications is October 25, 2017.
The second edition of the international literary festival Bookstan took place between July 4 and July 7 in Sarajevo. The organizers, the publishing house Buybook, prepared an extensive program with readings, talks, discussions, exhibitions and workshops. The focal topics this year were neighbourhood and fluid identities. The support of TRADUKI allowed authors Nellja Veremej (Germany/Russia), Tadej Golob and Goran Vojnović (Slovenia) as well as Rumena Bužarovska and Tihomir Jančovski (Macedonia) to perform in front of Sarajevo audience. Katja Stergar from Slovenian Book Agency JAK travelled to Split as the representative of TRADUKI to participate in the discussion „Small Languages, Policies of Translations “.
In June, the publishing house Goten welcomed a guest from Croatia within its TRADUKI supported writers in residence program Absolute modern in Skopje: For four weeks, Renato Baretić worked intensively on the script for two new episodes of the TV-series Crno-bijeli svijet as well as on the comedy that will be staged by the theatre Scena Gorica in Zagreb.