Top Slovene musicians at Prešeren Evening – 1st February 2020. Reserve the date!

We are looking forward to getting together again at our next Prešeren Evening. It will take place on Saturday 1st February 2020 at the Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel (the same place as this year). Put the date in your diary!

Alongside the usual dinner, we will be entertained by two multi-talented Slovene musicians, Boštjan Gombač and Saša Olenjuk.

Boštjan, a clarinettist, is a master of a range of instruments and has featured in 120 albums! He has been performing ethno and classical music for the last 15 years. With the group Terra Folk, he won many music prizes, also a BBC3 radio World Music Award.

He performs with bands Katalena, Bast, Bachology Quartet, Los Hermanos Muy Simpaticos. Amongst the musicians he has played with are Marc Ribot, Greg Cohen, Neil Innes, Tommy Emmanuel, The Cat Empire, John McSherry, Arvid Engegard, Susanne Lundeng, Knut Eric Sundquist, Theodossi Spassov. He also writes music for theatre and film.

Saša is a violinist, guitarist, composer, arranger and producer. He is a first violin in the Maribor opera house orchestra, and plays with a host of other bands and musicians.

Prepare for a top musical event. You won’t want to miss it!

Slovenian Lesbian Literature: Four Voices

Slovenian author Suzana Tratnik is the Slovenian Embassy’s writer-in-residence in London this month. Two dates for your diaries:

Slovenian Lesbian Literature: Four Voices
Gay’s the Word Bookshop is delighted to be hosting an evening of poetry and short stories with the Slovenian Embassy at Gay’s the Word Bookshop on Friday 15th November at 7pm. Organised by their writer-in-residence, Suzana Tratnik, who has invited poets Kristina Hočevar and Vesna Liponik and fellow short story writer Nataša Sukič from Ljubljana to read from their work, translated into English.

A limited edition chapbook, Four Voices, has been created especially for the event with commentary on contemporary lesbian literature and working in translation. We will also have Suzana Tratnik’s Games with Greta and Other Stories on sale that evening. All welcome.

Venue: Gays the Word Bookshop, 66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB. More information at:

Suzana Tratnik and Olivia Hellewell in conversation
Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 6pm at UCL SSEES (School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies), London. Further information available shortly.

Christmas Carol Service on Friday 6th December 2019

The BSS warmly invites you to our annual Carol Service on Friday 6th December 2019, at 6:30 pm.

This is our regular festive get together which is held in the beautiful church of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street and St. Andrew’s Hill, City of London, EC4V 5DE.

The church, which was built by Sir Christopher Wren is a wonderful historic building and well worth a visit in its own right. Please come and join in our carol singing in English and Slovene.

Catch up with friends after the service as there will be potica (offered by the Society) and Christmas drinks (courtesy of the Embassy).

There is no charge but a collection is taken to support the work of the Barka charity in Slovenia.

Nearest underground Blackfriars. St Paul’s and Mansion House nearby.