About her from Tony White.
I have known Danijela since 2001 when as a young writer she was part of a team that was delivering a very important literary festival in Belgrade to which I was the only UK author who had been invited.
More importantly though, that festival was the first time that writers from Serbia and Croatia had read together in the former Yugoslavian and now Serbian capital Belgrade.
This was a significant moment for obvious reasons and was made possible by the actions of writers responding to the liberalisation of the media in those countries.
At that time Danijela was also using her journalistic experience and contacts to gain important press coverage for the visiting writers and the festival generally
Since then I have met with Danijela on my regular visits to Zagreb e.g. when publishing my recent novel Foxy-T (Faber and Faber, London) in Croatian translation; and when promoting the international fiction collection Croatian Nights (Serpent’s Tail, London / VBZ, Zagreb) which I co-edited, at a book fair in the city.
I’ve been delighted to note that in this time Danijela has herself published a first book, the fiction collection Nauci Psa Trikovima (“Teach a Dog Tricks”), and has been attending literary festivals and promoting the book with events all over Croatia – most recently in the city of Rijeka.
I know that Danijela now needs time and space to complete her second book; these are rare but essential commodities to the young writer, so a residency opportunity such as is offered by CAMAC represents an incredible opportunity for her at this stage in her career.
Importantly such residencies also create opportunities for young writers to meet with artists and writers from other countries and to foster the development of new international networks, just as Danijela helped to foster a new spirit of international exhange in Belgrade back at the beginning of the new century.