Skopje, 15 June 2020 (MIA) – Macedonian poet Mihail Rendzov and Slovak poet Miroslav Bielik are the winners of this year’s Literary Scepter awards, given to authors for their poetic works by the Macedonian Writers’ Association.
The poetic work of these writers will be promoted by a publication of a joint poetry collection within the traditional edition of award winners. This year’s award ceremony is postponed to the second half of 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic, MWA said in a press release.
Mihail Rendzov, Macedonian poet, prose author, translator was born in 1936 in Shtip. He has graduated from the Law Faculty in Skopje and has been working for many years in the National Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” in Skopje. Member of the Macedonian P.E.N. Centre. Member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association since 1965.
He is the author of following books: A migrant of fire (poetry, 1965), Night growing of the word (poetry, 1967), Where from this side (poetry, 1968), On the brink of dream (poetry, 1972), Fear (poetry, 1976), Midnight (poetry, 1979), Nerezi (poetry, 1982), Auto-da-fé (poetry, 1985), Phoenix (sonnets, 1987), The Earth. Deluge (poetry, 1991), Dreaming travelling (book for children, 1991), He (long lyrical poem, 1993), Deck of cards 33 (poetry, 1994), The eternal, the endless one (poetry, 1996), I oxymoron (poetry, 1998), Angela is dreaming (poetry for children, 1998), Psalms (poetry, 2000), Apocalypse (poetic drama, 2002), The peak. The River. The sea (poetry, 2003), Zachariah and other stories (short stories, 2006), Galichica (poetry, 2007), Scattered. Collected (essays/notes, 2008). He won the Racin Award for his only short story collection “Zaharij and Other Stroies” (2004). He is the author of many translations/renditions, including “Gilgamesh”, the Assyrian – Babylonian epic (three editions: 1994, 1997, 2000), reads MWA press release.
Miroslav Bielik is born in 1949 in Ostry Grun, Slovakia. He studied librarianship, pedagogy and economics in Banska Bystrica, Bratislava and Prague. Miroslav Bielik worked in Matica Slovenska as a bibliographer, as a long-time director of the Slovak National Library and of Matica Slovenska. Today he is the president of the Slovak Writers´ Society.
He has published more than a hundred professional studies in the field of literary culture, he is co-author of the scientific edition in two volumes of R. Seton-Watson and his relationship with Czechs and Slovaks. Bielik has also compiled and edited several periodical and monographic editions.
Much attention was drawn to his two-volume novel Venetian Diptych (Benátsky diptych – Reality (Skutočnosť, 2007) and Unreality (Neskutočnosti, 2010). Lately he is engaged in writing stories, in the journal “Slovakian Views” (Slovenské pohľady). His latest novel is Kaleidoscope (Kaleidoskopis, 2013).
He has published collections of poems: Time is a silent messenger of thought (Čas je tichý posol mysle, 2003), Unsignificant movement on a steep leveled plain (Nepatrný pohyb po naklonenej rovine, 2005), At the end of one x-century (Ku koncu jedného x-ročia, 2009) and Melancholia (Melanchólia, 2018).