The collection of fairy tales, myths, and legends Kako so rože prišle na svet (How the Flowers were born: Tales About Flowers From All Over the World) connects different cultures and continents and illustrates the similarities and differences between them. Even though the stories are international, the Slovenian environment is the heart of the collection, not only because of the authors but also because it is the international perspective that can makes us see the richness of the tales, including Slovenian ones.
Text: Klarisa Jovanović, Breda Podbrežnik Vukmir
Illustration: Mojca Sekulič Fo
Klarisa Jovanović is professor of French and a comparative literature graduate. She translates mainly from Greek, but also from Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Italian and French. She has published three books of poetry. In 2007, she published the poem Zgiban prek Mure, which was nominated for the best debut next year. Her poem Izgnana was nominated for Veronikina nagrada, the literary award given to the year’s best collection of poems. She is also an interpreter of poems set to music and folk songs.
Breda Podbrežnik Vukmir started her career as a Slovenian language teacher and continued as a professor of the Slovene language. She has been the director of France Balantič Library in Kamnik for 28 years and has participated in various professional organizations and meetings. She is the author of several articles, co-author of important articles on strategies and standards of general libraries and winner of the Čopova award. She is also interested in folk science and is the co-author and editor of several fairy tale books. Besides, she is the organizer of the Križnik Fairy Tales Festival, one of the most recognisable Slovenian cultural heritage festivals.
Mojca Sekulič Fo was born in Ljubljana, where she graduated at the Faculty of Architecture. She started working as an architect but continued her creative path in the field of illustration and design. She works for different clients, masters different art techniques and intertwines them in a completely unique way: in acrylic technique and in combinations with metal and wood. She has participated in more than 30 group and solo exhibitions.