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  • Tone PavčekSlovenia ★ Author
  • Samantha Christensen

“The path to good things is open. It is of us and for us.”

Tone Pavček

Tone Pavček was born in 1928 in the town of Šentjur near Novo Mesto, Slovenia. After graduating from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, he worked at RTV Ljubjana and for the daily newspapers Ljubljanski dnevniik [The Ljubljana Daily] and Ljudska pravica [The People’s Justice] as a journalist. While working as a journalist, from 1963 to 1967 Pavček was the director of the Mladinsko gledališče theatre. In 1972, Pavček became the senior editor at Cankarjeva založba publishing house, a position he held until his retirement in 1990. During this successful career, Pavček also wrote poems, and to date he has published 16 collections of poetry for adults and 26 for children and young people, winning many awards, including the Večernica award for the best children’s book of the year for the collection Majnice: fulaste pesmi [May Poems] in 1996, and three Levstik awards.

Pavček’s poetry is full of life, sparkling with wit and optimism. Through words and rhythm, he is able to communicate to his readers on a personal level, inviting them to connect with their own experiences of freedom and love. He uses language that, at times, is carefree and at other times is more serious and contemplative. He writes with attention to our history, and how that leads not only to where we are now, but to where the future is likely to take us. Pavček’s poems have become integral to Slovene literature and culture, and through many reprints and translations have reached people in other languages and media. Many of his poems have been set to music and adapted to audio-visual material.

Tone Pavček is also known for his social and political work. From 1979 to 1983, he was President of the Slovene Writer’s Association, and politically opposed to Yugoslav unitarian endeavors. Pavček was appointed as an ambassador for UNICEF in 1996. He was a delegate to the Slovene assembly from 1986 to 1990 and was honored with The Golden Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia by the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk, on June 9th 2009.

Selected Publications

Juri-Muri v Afriki: o fantu, ki se ni maral umivati [Juri Muri in Africa: About the Boy Who Did Not Like to Wash Himself]. Illus. Melita Vovk, 1958. Illus. Marjanca Jemec-Božič, 1988. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, 1958, 1988. Print.
Čenčarija [Chatterboxes]. Illus. Kostja Gatnik. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, 1975. Print.
Prave (in neprave) pesmi [True and Untrue Poems]. Illus. Jelka Reichman. Ljubljana: Borec, 1986. Print.
Majnice: fulaste pesmi [May Poems]. Illus. Kostja Gatnik, 1996. Illus. Teja Gorjup, 2008. Ljubljana: Mladika, 1996, 2008. Print.
Majhnice in majnice: pesmi mnogih let za mnoge bralce [Budding Songs, Maying Songs: Poems of Many Years for Many Readers]. Illus. Damijan Stepančič. Dob pri Domžalah: Miš, 2009. Print. [End Page 48]


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