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Josip Čekolj

JJosip Čekolj rođen je 1999. u Zaboku. Osnovnu školu pohađa u Donjoj Stubici, a gimnaziju u Zaboku. Prvostupnik je kroatistike te etnologije i kulturne antropologije, a trenutno pohađa diplomski studij kroatistike i povijesti na Filozofskom fakultetu u Zagrebu. Kratke priče i poeziju objavljuje u regionalnim i hrvatskim zbornicima i časopisima. Za pojedine pjesme i priče primio je različite nagrade i priznanja. Sudjelovao je na književnim tribinama u Zagrebu te na festivalima „Stih u regiji”, „Rukopisi” i „Susret riječi”. Izbor pjesama predstavljen mu je u veljači 2021. u emisiji „Poezija naglas” na Trećem programu Hrvatskoga radija. Ciklus pjesama „Vreme bokčije” objavio je u časopisu „Poezija” (1-2/2021.). Ciklus akrostiha „Rukovet noćnih putovanja“ nastao je u sklopu „Revije malih književnosti”, održane u Booksi, te je objavljen u antologiji „Vrijeme misli” (Kulturtreger, 2021.). Autor je slikovnice „Srna i Mak u potrazi za uplašenim mjesecom” (Mala zvona, 2020.) i kratke priče „S druge strane rijeke” objavljene u zbirci „U ritmu jeze – ponor plesova” (Mala zvona, 2021.).

Ostali naslovi autora/ice

The Marauders Deep in Sludge


With a fresh new voice, and yet in the most beautiful tradition of the novel for the young, Josip Čekolj tells the adventures of his marauders – four friends on the verge of adulthood. The town they roam about and the dialect they speak might be completely made up, but their loves and confusions, conflicts and fallacies, as well as their need for safety and warmth, are very real indeed. While they go through “deep sludge”, they encounter some, more or less reliable characters, mainly from the margins of society. Most important among them might be the old lady with the cats and ear for poetry. As it usually goes in coming-of-age novels, wandering through mud eventually becomes a step toward adulthood. The young author started writing this story after attending Dominik Vuković’s exhibition called “Marauders and frogs”, where this talented illustrator reminiscences his childhood. Dominik has illustrated the story, which has resulted in a special connection between the text that depicts the marauders’ endeavors and the drawings that follow them.


Book #4908

Heroes and Dragons on the Decline


Imagination and a certain freedom in his relation to language as well as an authentic poetical experience characterize Josip Čekolj’s first poetry collection. In four parts – four zeals – the lyrical voice of this young and talented author celebrates the novelty of his first worlds, from the home region, both in a concrete and a symbolic form, to the world of family and first loves. The magic of these poems mostly arises from the peculiar shifts from real to surreal, from bright images that depict an underlying emotion. The author builds his space of words, a space that is built from moments he has experienced. This space is often related to motives that originate in nature and in traditional culture, but it is consistently original, full of surprises and freshness.

Srna and Mak in Pursuit of a Frightened Month


In his first prose text the young author uses patterns of traditional storytelling to speak about the contemporary problem of climate change. January disappeared, frightened by the absence of winter; a girl and a household spirit set off on a journey through the world of calendar, trying to find him and persuade him to come back. Adroitly following the spirit of the text, the illustrator uses elements from traditional book illustration, blending them with modern technique and expression.


Book #3348