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The Queen of Luxuria was born in 2008 at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, UK. The Queen of Luxuria interviews the public and writes poetry inspired by those experiences. The work addresses important questions of our time through a poetic lens that is often philosophical in form and reflects the complexity of what it means to be human. She is interested in the dialogic exchange, thinking about how language shapes and defines our cultural identities. The translation of personal stories into poetic form creates moments of epiphany for participants. How can language become a form of liberation? How has our socialized patterns of speech impacted societal oppression and in utilizing a feminist methodology how can we as diverse communities emancipate ourselves? These theoretical concerns for language, spoken dialect, and the structure of speech are influenced by her Scottish heritage. The Queen of Luxuria was artist in residence for Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in 2014 devising six interactive performances in Chicago, USA. In 2015 she was commissioned to create Neighborhood Magic for Beverly, Chicago interviewing eight residents over the age of seventy about their life stories. She continued to work with Beverly in 2016 creating an interactive public art installation in the garden of Ridge Historical Society. In 2016 she was invited to the City of Lucerne, Switzerland to start Spare Rib Revisited that she has continued to develop in Liverpool, UK and will produce in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2018. She creates ensemble and solo performances and has screened, performed and exhibited in Africa, Europe and the USA. Little will be performing from a selection of her people poetry inspired by people from different neighborhoods, cities and countries. To find out more about her work please visit and to listen to examples of her vocal recitation please visit:




Ljubica Ostojić was born in 1945 in Belgrade, Serbia. By the very end of that year, she had moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with her family. She graduated from Pedagogical Academy in the field of fine arts, as well as from the Faculty of Philosophy in the field of comparative literature, in Sarajevo. She continues to work and live in Sarajevo to this day.

She had worked as dramaturges of Dramska scena Pozorišta mladih. She is considered to be a professional writer with a status of a free artist due to her long years of running as a theater critic in magazines <<Odjek>> and <<Književna revija>>, newspapers such as <<Oslobođenje>>, <<Večernji list>> as the editor of documentary, experimental and poetry drama on Radio-Sarajevo and as a dramaturges associate “Mostarski Teatar mladih”. From 1994 until the year of 2016 she worked as a lecturer of Dramaturgy in the Academy of stage art as a regular professor.
Her poetry works, critics and radio-dramas have been translated to English, Albanian, German, Macedonian, Hungarian, Turkish, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Greek, French..
She is a member of The writers association of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1974. She had won several literary and theatrology awards and recognitions. She especially highlights the International reward for the contribution of development of dramatic upbringing.




Naida Mujkić is a bosnian poetess, born in Doboj (1984), Bosnia and Herzegowina.She is a member of PEN Center BiH and Global Poet Network from South Korea (Poem Cafe). She won first prize at a literary festival Slovo Gorcina in Stolac; Award Mak Dizdar to young poet in the collection of unpublished poems, 2006th. So far, she published four books of poetry, and her poems have been translated into German, Turkish, Italian, Macedonian, Korean, Albanian and English. She also published a book of lyrical prose. She has participated in several international poetry and literature festivals and lterary residencies.



Radosaljević Zoran was born in the year of 1961, in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he lives to this day. He is willing to present a collection, more certainly, a poem. The entire collection is one song named “Trebinje još miriše na nju”, written about one great and unusual love.





Sasho Dimoski was born in Ohrid in 1985. In 2008 he finishes studies in General and Comparative literature at the University St. Cyril and Methodius and nowadays he is a PhD candidate in Performing arts at the Faculty of Drama at the same university. Since 2008, Dimoski works as dramatist at the National Theatre “Dzinot” in Veles, R. Macedonia.

His intense bibliography includes five books: the experimental prose “The Hooligan`s diary” (Kultura, 2014), the novel “Alma Mahler” (Kultura 2014, Laguna 2017. Dalkey Archive Press, 2018), the book of collected plays “We, the Others”, and the novel “The fifth season” (Kultira, 2016, Dalkey Arcive Press – forthcoming, 2019) – rewarded with the highest national prize for prose “The Racin`s prize”. His latest prose experiment “Sleeping beauties” will have its promotion at the beginning of 2018.



Irfan Horozović is considered to be one of the poets that founded the postmodernism not only in Bosnian-Herzegovinian but also in south Slavic literature which is the reason why this authors work has been more talked about lately. Irfan Horozović has been intensively working and publishing for over 50 years, which is why the scientific gatherings believe that marking an anniversary would be a great opportunity to present his literary creativity within the new literary-theoretical aspects.

This year they will mark the coming-out of the first study about literary innovation of this author, named “(Post)modern poetry of Irfan Horozović”, of the author Šeherzada Džafić which in the year of 2012. she had defended her doctoral dissertation of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, named “Fields of faction, fiction and fantastic in the work of Irfan Horozović”. This study was a part of the dissertation but also an additive to of the work that has been published after the year of 2012.

Sarajevo winter is a cultural manifestation which will bring together these two events (scientific gathering and the promotion of studies) under the name “50 years of inventiveness by Irfan Horozović”.

Slavica Gadžova Sviderska (Bitola, 1984) is a poet, researcher, literary translator, doctor of theory of literature. She is an author of the poetry books Infinity (2001), Letters (2012), Politics of Love (2015), Bodies (2017), as well the studies Literature and the discourses of power (2013) and Sense and Absurdity. She researches the discoursers of power and the political violence in literature. In 2012 she was awarded with “Enhalon” prize at the Struga Poetry Evenings. In 2016 she won the prize “Karamanov” for the poetry book Bodies. Her poetry is published in many  anthologies of the contemporary Macedonian poetry and translated into: English, Chinese, Italian, Arabic, Czech, Slovak, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian and Albanian. She is founder and editor of the publishing house Vostok. She translates poetry and prose from Slovak.



Mihajlo Sviderski (Bitola, 1991) is a Macedonian poet, novelist, translator and publisher. He is an author of three poetry books Harvest of the Soul (2008), Through the Dream of Fog and Rains (2013), published also in Bulgarian, and Sleeping Stars (2017). For his novel, White and Red (2014) he receives the Novite award, which is awarded for the best prose debut manuscript. In 2016, the novel White and Red was published in Bulgarian. He belongs to the new wave of Macedonian prose writers who return to the realistic narration, leaving the postmodernist experimentation with the form, neglecting the content. Sviderski has participated in several poetry festivals and readings, and his poetry has been published in many domestic and foreign literary magazines and anthologies. His poetry has been translated into English, Russian, Greek, Serbian, Bulgarian, Albanian and Hungarian. He is the founder of Vostok Publishing House, where actively translates poetry and prose from English, Bulgarian, and Serbian.