Ulysses Shelter

Ulysses’ Shelter is the second stage of a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union aiming to build a network of exchange literary residencies across Europe designed primarily for young writers of prose and/or poetry and literary translators. It is led by the Croatian publisher and literary agency Sandorf and managed jointly by Literature Across Frontiers and Wales Literature Exchange in Wales. The other partners are Krokodil in Belgrade, Serbia, Thraka in Larissa, Greece, and the Slovene Writers Association in Ljubjana, Slovenia.

The project focuses on audience development and transnational mobility for emerging authors. It allows young authors and translators to work, perform and present themselves in different social and cultural contexts in the partners’ countries. The residencies can bring new opportunities and possibilities to establish contact with other authors, translators, editors, publishers and/or representatives of various literary organisations.  The residencies are accompanied by a supporting programme of activities and events aimed at specific local target groups.

The literary residency programme was meant to start in 2020 on the island Mljet (Croatia), in Ljubljana (Slovenia), in Larissa (Greece), in Belgrade (Serbia) and two locations in Wales, Aberystwyth and Caernarfon, but had to be paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was replaced with digital events. Physical residencies only restarted in late 2021 and continued to Spring 2022.

The theme of the first year of the Ulysses’ Shelter project was Library – both as a physical space and a virtual database of important and relevant data for any social, cultural or artistic context. Inspired by the setting up of the International Library of Poetry connected with the Mljet residency as a part of Ulysses’ Shelter project, the selected residents were invited to reflect on the significance of libraries as one of the most important symbols of peace and mutual human understanding by contributing a poem, an essay, a blog entry or a translation relating to the subject, in addition to any new work they will produce during their residency. The theme for the second year, prompted by the experience of the pandemic was Isolation. All writers contribute to the project’s blog.

In the first year of the project, the writers selected from Wales were : Eluned Gramich, Steven Hitchins, Lloyd Markham and Grug Muse

Visiting Wales from our partner countries were : Marilena Papaioanou, Maša Seničić, Nataša Srdić, Katja Zakrajšek

In the second year, the writers selected from Wales were : Dylan Moore and Morgan Owen

Visiting Wales from our partner countries were: Marija Andrijašević, Goran Stamenić and Ana Svetel

The Ulysses’ Shelter project logo – donkey carrying a book – refers to the ‘preferred means of transport’ on the tiny Croatian island of Mljet where the project started.

Ulysses’ Shelter project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and in Wales by the Arts Council of Wales.

We are grateful to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies for their support.