The MIRA Literary Award is presented yearly to women literary artists and scholars for their extraordinary achievements and personal beliefs, which empower gender equality and peaceful coexistence with other races, religions and sexual orientation. The media response is always very good, which partly led also to a very good coverage of Bled this year. So far, the awardees were:
2013 – Jolka Milič, a literary critic and translator into Italian of Slovene poetry for 50 years, many times she even financed the Italian editions; translated all major Slovene poets incl. Tomaž Šalamun.
2014 – Maja Haderlap, a Slovene Austrian poetesse, writer and playwright, who wrote a novel about the Slovene partisan family in Carinthia in German – Angel of Oblivion https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Oblivion-Maja-Haderlap-ebook/dp/B018CH0MTQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480235890&sr=1-1&keywords=haderlap
2015 – an activist and freedom fighter, a poet and singer Ksenija Jus
2016 – two awards, given to:
Svetlana Slapšak is a literary critic, scholar, anthropologist, novelist, essayist and poet (libretto for an opera) with PhD in antique studies. She was born on 18th January 1948 in Belgrade (today Serbia, former Yugoslavia). In 1971 she graduated from classical philology at the Faculty of Arts in Belgrade, in 1975 she completed her master degree and in 1984 her PhD. She worked at the Literary and Arts Institute in Belgrade until 1988. Two years earlier, in 1986, she started teaching Serbian and Montenegrian literature at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. She served as a dean of the post-graduate humanistic studies, giving lectures at numerous universities around the world. She published more than fifty books, more than four hundred scientific articles and over one thousand essays. She received many important international awards.
Svetlana’s life mirrors the intellectual atmosphere of the last years in Yugoslavia, it gives insight into the birth of new states. In spite of the oppressive regimes and ideologies, Svetlana has always kept to her humanistic thought, which was particularly important during the last Balkan wars (Bosnia, Kosovo). In 2005, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize within the nomination of 1000 women of the movement 1000 Women for Peace Across the Globe (www.1000peaceowmen.org). She is considered an icon of gender equality.
A Slovenian Resian writer, poet, storyteller and interpreter of Resian folk songs Silvana Paletti was born on 23rd October 1947 in the Resia Valley, Province of Udine Italy. Resian is a Slavic language linguistically related to Slovenian. Today, it is spoken by 1500 people. She was educated in the Resia Valley and finished the Medical secondary school in Udine. She writes and translates poems, fairy tales and stories in/from Resian, Italian, Friulian, and Slovenian as well as conducts research on the Resian folk traditions. Her most popular work is the poetry collection in three languages Rozajanski serčni romonenj / La lingua resiana del cuore / Rezijanska srčna govorica published in 2002. She mostly writes in the Resian language, lately she often sings her poetry that has been put to music. Some other publications: Rezija naša with Renato Quaglio – poetry, 2009, PEN three-lingual brochure Poetry from Val Resia. In 2014, together with Zvonka T. Simčič, she recorded a CD entitled Mali rug/Glas neba. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Germna, Slovenian, English, Friulian and Czech, many poems figure in various anthologies.