Ivo Svetina

Ivo Svetina
Born (1948-09-09)9 September 1948
Ljubljana, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now in Slovenia)
Occupation poet, playwright, translator
Notable works Botticelli, Peti rokopisi, Sfingin hlev, Lesbos
Notable awards Prešeren Foundation Award
1988 for Peti rokopisi
Jenko Award
2001 for Sfingin hlev
Veronika Award
2005 for Lesbos

Ivo Svetina (born 9 September 1948) is a Slovene poet, playwright and translator. He has won numerous awards for his plays and poetry collections. In 1998 he was appointed Director of the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia.[1] In 2014 he was elected President of the Slovene Writers' Association.[2]

Svetina was born in Ljubljana in 1948. He studied comparative literature at the University of Ljubljana and worked in numerous experimental theatre companies in the late 1960s and 1970s. He worked at RTV Slovenia and the Mladinsko Theatre.

He won the Prešeren Foundation Award in 1988 for his poetry collection Peti rokopisi[3] and in 2010 the Jenko Award for his poetry colletion Sfingin hlev.[4]

Selected works

Poetry collections


Children's Literature


  1. "National Theatre Museum of Slovenia". Culture.si site. Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  2. Delo 10 Dec 2014 Novi predsednik društva pisateljev je Ivo Svetina Ivo Svetina is the New President of the Writers' Association
  3. Slovenian Ministry of Culture, complete list of Prešeren Foundation Awards recipients
  4. Slovenian Press Agency (STA) Poetry Award Goes to Ivo Svetina, 24 October 2010
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