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21 May 2015

Passa Porta offers Montenegrin writer Ognjen Spahić, winning author 2014, a residence in Brussels

Passa Porta offers winning EUPL 2014 author a residence in Brussels

Passa Porta, Brussels' International House of Literature welcomes writers from all over the world to share their thoughts on literature with a multilingual audience in Europe's capital. It also nourishes new literary work by offering writers a longer stay in Brussels during which they can focus on their own writing project while encountering the rich cultural life in Brussels.

Through a cooperation with the European Union Prize for Literature, Passa Porta has agreed to offer one of  the winning EUPL 2014 authors a fully accommodated stay of one month in 2015.

The Montenegrin short story writer Ognjen Spahić, winner of EUPL 2014, has been selected for this residency. He will stay in Belgium from May 25 till June 22 2015. Spahić will reside at Passa Porta’s writer’s flat in Brussels. The author receives free accommodation, a stipend and all necessary support during his stay. On Saturday June 13, he will meet his readers during a literary breakfast at De Groene Waterman in Antwerp.

Passa Porta shares with EUPL the importance of excellent literature in a multitude of voices and hence is happy to support the creative work of one of the winning authors through its writers in residence scheme.

About the author:

Ognjen Spahić (b. 1977) is a young author from Montenegro, best known for his short stories. He received a civil engineering degree from the University of Montenegro and now works as a reporter for the independent newspaper Vijesti. In 2007, Spahić was a resident writer in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. He has been called the voice of the new generation of young writers that has emerged since the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Spahić has published two collections of short stories:Sve to (All That) in 2001 and Zimska potraga (Winter Search) in 2007. His stories have been translated into many languages, including English, German, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Albanian.
His novel Hansenova djeca (2004), about the policies and fall of the Romanian dictator Ceaușescu, was awarded the Meša Selimović Prize for the best novel from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Spahić's latest and most celebrated work is Puna glava radosti (Head Full of Joy, 2014, Nova knjiga). This book describes the merging of the worlds of inner and outer experience in contemporary society through sixteen short stories, each with a different main character. Through a wide range of themes and genres, it presents a unique outlook on universal values in life.

For more information on the writers in residence scheme see or contact: Anne Janssen, coordinator writers in residence
tel + 32 (0)2 226 04 50 – -

Passa Porta, A. Dansaertstraat 46, 1000 Brussels

Press release EUPL winner in residence 2014.pdf