It's official: THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART will be published in SLOVAKIA 2018, by Vydavateľstvo Fortuna Libri.
Neither my bewilderment, joy, or gratitude wane. If anything, all are ever-expanding. And as my family keeps remarking to each other, we're feeling feelings we (ironically) don't have words for.
I've recently found great delight reading about Slovakian women writers and artists.
In Words Without Borders, an online magazine for international literature, I discovered this gem (http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/…/contemporary-womens-wr…) on contemporary Slovakian women writers, which includes links to excerpts and short stories, one such being Sea Anemone by Uršuľa Kovalyk:
The previously unpublished short story “Sea Anemone” (“Sasanka,” 2013) is a fine example of the feminist writing of Uršuľa Kovalyk (b. 1969), whose surreal plotting and imagery often celebrates female sexuality. A trained social worker as well as a playwright, Kovalyk is the artistic director of Theatre With No Home, based in the Slovak capital Bratislava, which works with homeless and disabled actors. Her work includes several collections of short stories and two novels, Žena zo sekáča [The second-hand woman, 2008] and The Equestrienne [Krasojazdkyňa, 2013], which was shortlisted for the 2014 Anasoft Litera, Slovakia's top literary prize, and awarded the 2014 Biblioteka Prize.
Link to Sea Anemone: http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/article/sea-anemone…
Viera Bombová (born 1932) is a 'forgotten' Slovak illustrator, who studied graphic design and illustration with Vincent Hloznik in the 50s. She won awards at the "Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava" in 1967 and 1969, and is considered a master of the dreamlike Slovak book illustrations of the 60s and 70s. For more information: http://50watts.com/Forgotten-Illustrator-Viera-Bombova
Thank you, thank you, for sharing in this with me.
HOLLY RINGLAND grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.