Welcome to my blog.
My first name is pronounced Olya.
I live in London. And in Zagreb.
Here’s a photo of me reading from my novel to my friends, the Unwriteables.
They couldn’t understand a word of it, because that novel was first published in my first language, Montenegrin, in the region of ex-Yu, where I’m originally from.
The novel is called Milena & Other Social Reforms, and it is a political drama about corruption and how it infects everyone it touches. It has been translated to English.
I have published some stories in English, and, so far, over 100 columns/stories in Montenegrin/Serbian/Croatian, from and about London, mostly from the point of view of an immy-mummy *an immigrant mother*, self-deprecating, observant, frustrated, extatic, sad and joyful, artistic, clumsy and practical. About 25 of these London stories are now collected and published as a book, which, some critics have said, reads like a novel.
A couple of those columns (on Vivi Westwood; on exotic new-best-friendships) I have so far managed to translate for this blog.
Update: I now have another novel, ‘Mrs Black’, so far published only in my first language.
I started this blog to build a welcoming, tolerant and cosy home for my love of writing.
Hope some people out there will enjoy reading it from time to time. Thanks in advance.