About me

Ana Bilić

Author, playwright and film maker

Place of residence: Vienna

Born in Zagreb 1962  

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Arts in Time | Literature Prizes | About Me

Works In Time

  • 1994 – The Life with Root Voles (a selection of short stories), magazine Quorum, Zagreb
  • 1995 – Stories about Takas (a selection of short stories), magazine Rival, Rijeka
  • 1996 – The Life with Root Voles (a selection of short stories), magazine Rival, Rijeka
  • 1996 – Stories about Takas (a selection of short stories), magazine Plima, Zagreb 1997 – The Little House (short stories), magazine Rival, Rijeka
  • 1998 – Stories about Takas (a selection of short stories), magazine Quorum, Zagreb
  • 1999 – Život s voluharicama (The Life with Root Voles), surreal stories, publisher Konzor, Zagreb
  • 1999 – Knjiga o Takama (The Book of Takas), fairy tales for adults, publisher Konzor, Zagreb
  • 2002 – The Little Piece of the Great Sky (Das kleine Stück vom großen Himmel), Novel, publisher Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg
  • 2002 – Life is a House with Many Rooms (short story), magazine Loog, Vienna
  • 2002 – The Way to Kalištrof (abstract of the manuscript in prose), magazine novi glas, HAK-a, Vienna
  • 2003 – The Way to Kalištrof (abstract of the manuscript in prose), magazine novi glas, HAK-a, Vienna
  • 2003 – Woman’s Day (short story), magazine Put, Časopis Gradišćanskih Hrvatov u Beču, Vienna
  • 2003 – Attention, Duckbills! (drama), magazine Književna Rijeka, Rijeka
  • 2004 – Dance with Me! (short play), 1. Lesetheater Wien, Literaturhaus Wien, Vienna
  • 2004 – Library of Poems in German Language, anthology of lyric, publisher Realis, Gräfelfing near Munich
  • 2004 – Poems (a selection of poems), magazine Podium, Vienna
  • 2004 – Anthology, the 2nd Award for Literature of Rosenstadt, anthology of lyric, Public Library, Sangerhausen
  • 2005 – Schneeweibchen und Eisharfner – a Compacted Picnic on an Artificial Turf (art session), literature, installation with music by Silvia Konrad and Gerhard Hufnagel, Galerie am Park, Vienna
  • 2005 – Caleidoscope, anthology in prose, Austrian Association of Writers, Atelier Edition, Vienna
  • 2005 – In Search of the European Soul, anthology in prose, NÖ Kulturform, St. Pölten
  • 2005 – Love Sorrow (anthology of lyric), publisher Lerato, Oschersleben
  • 2005 – Podium-day of Lyric, flyer of the magazine Podium, Vienna
  • 2006 – The Choice (short play), Konradhaus Koblenz, Koblenz (GER)
  • 2006 – South-Easterly Wind (anthology of lyric) publisher EYE, Landeck
  • 2006 – At the Shores of the Jamuna (short story), magazine Die Brücke, Saarbrücken (GER)
  • 2006 – The Case of Doctor Bergmann (short story), magazine Nova Istra, Pula
  • 2007 – The Path of the Artist (art session), literature, painting, music with Sabina Smiljnic and Danilo Wimmer, Atelier Smiljanic, Vienna
  • 2007 – Poems (a selection of poems), magazine Podium, Vienna
  • 2008 – Prizes 08 (anthology in prose), Exil Zentrum, Vienna
  • 2008 – Good Luck, Foreigner! (monologue), theatre Akzent, Vienna
  • 2008 – New Austrian Lyric and Not a Word in German (anthology of lyric), publisher Hymon, Innsbruck
  • 2009 – wortstaetten n°4 (anthology of theatre), Edition Exil Wien, Vienna
  • 2009 – At Prater (drama) Palais Kabelwerk, Vienna
  • 2009 – Integration Contest (play), Volkstheater at Hundsturm, Vienna
  • 2010 – Flea Market at 3, Fluchtstreet (play), Interkulttheater, Vienna
  • 2010 – Poems (a selection of poems), magazine Driesch, Droesing
  • 2010 – Home Sweet Home (experimental short film)
  • 2010/11 – About K – a Love Declaration (short audio drama), in the context of the seminar Audio Drama, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
  • 2010/11 – The Acquaintance (short audio drama), in the context of the seminar Audio Drama, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
  • 2011 – Bilingual Theatre Workshop (workshop), with students of the borg3 Wien, Vienna
  • 2011 – Video Documentation of the Bilingual Theatre Workshop with Students of the borg3 Wien (video), production borg3 & bmukk Austria, Vienna
  • 2011 – Multilingual Workshop – Writing Literature (workshop), Buch Wien 11 International Book Fair, Vienna
  • 2011 – 2015 The Diary of Monika Dakić (blog)
  • 2011 – 2015 Art Critics (a selection of articles)
  • 2011 – My Man (short audio drama)
  • 2012 – „Ja govorim hrvatski 1“, Learning Package to Study Croatian (Workbook & CD, Grammar, Textbook), publisher Weber, Eisenstadt
  • 2012 – Multilingual Writing Workshop (workshop) with students of the bfi HAK Wien, Vienna
  • 2012 – Multilingual Workshop – Writing Literature (workshop), Buch Wien 12 – International Book Fair, Vienna
  • 2012 – Poems (a selection of poems), magazine Riječ, Brčko (BiH)
  • 2012 – Talk to me! (experimental short film)
  • 2013 – Šemso, Monodrama for 2 Persons (play), text and direction, Galerie Heinrich, Vienna
  • 2013 – Mystic Flow (music video), for the album Omnia Aurealis by Q-Port aka. Danilo Wimmer
  • 2013 – Invocation (music video) , for the album Omnia Aurealis by Q-Port aka. Danilo Wimmer
  • 2014 – Signum (music video), for the album Omnia Aurealis by Q-Port aka. Danilo Wimmer
  • 2014 – In the Heart of Each Thing Lies its Demise (short story), catalogue of exhibitions „To My Peoples – The First World War“, Austrian National Library Vienna
  • 2014 – Prose anthology „Mitten im Satz – Fragmente“ – PEN Club Austria, Plattform Johannes Martinek Verlag
  • 2015/03 – „Die außergewöhnliche Herausforderung / Izuzetni izazov“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2015/04 – „Die kleine große Entscheidung / Mala velika odluka“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2015/06 – „The Extraordinary Challenge / Izuzetni Izazov“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with English introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2015/04 – „Neben mir / Kraj mene“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2015 – „Ja govorim hrvatski 2“, Learning package to study Croatian (Workbook & CD, Grammar, Textbook), publisher Weber, Eisenstadt
  • 2015 – Verbal aspects in Croatian: Explanations and exercises for learning the Croatian language as a foreign language, Level A2 – B1; Weber Verlag Eisenstadt
  • 2015 – „Liebe und nichts anderes“ – short play + soup recipe „Casa del popolo“, anthology contributions „Buchstabensuppen: Ein literarisches Kochbuch“; Residenz Verlag / Pub. B. Studlar
  • 2015 – „Die goldene Station“ – poetry; Edition Cittador
  • 2015 – „Kroatisch Vokabeltaschenbuch“ (Croatian vocabulary book) for the textbook „Ja govorim hrvatski 1“, language level A1 – beginner – Paperback and e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2015 – Trailer for the novel „Anatomy of an intention (Anatomie einer Absicht)“ (Hollitzer Verlag, Vienna)
  • 2016 – Trailer for the book of poetry „Die goldene Station“ (Edition Cittador)
  • 2016 – Audio book CD „Neben mir / Kraj mene“ for the mini novel with the same title (Kroatisch leicht)
  • 2015 – „Kroatisch Einfache Sätze“ (Croatian simple sentences) for the textbook „Ja govorim hrvatski 1“, language level A1 – beginner – Paperback and e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2016/03 – „Anatomy of an intention (Anatomie einer Absicht)“, novel, Hollitzer Verlag, Vienna
  • 2016/03 – „About Clarity and Other Fallacies“ – Poetry, Edition Cittador
  • 2016/04 – „Ein Sommerurlaub in Istrien / Ljetovanje u Istri“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2016/06 – „Meine Fernbeziehung / Moja daleka ljubav“ – Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2016/06 – „My Long Distance Relationship / Moja daleka ljubav“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with English introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2016/07 – „Eine definitive Sache / Definitivna stvar“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2016/09 – „The Little Big Decision / Mala velika odluka“ – Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with English introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2016/09 – „The Reflections on the Novel „Anatomy of an Intention“ (Anatomie einer Absicht)“
  • 2016/10 – „Die Freundinnen / Prijateljice“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazo.com
  • 2016/11 – „Der Unbekannte / Neznanac“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2016/11 – „Die silberne Lampe / Srebrna lampa“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2016/12 – Finalization of the short film and the trailer „About My Man“ (O mojem mužu)
  • 2017/01 – „Mein Name ist Monika 1. part / Moje ime je Monika 1. dio“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2017/03 – „The Silver Lamp / Srebrna lampa“ – Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with English introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2017/05 – „Mein Name ist Monika 2. part / Moje ime je Monika 2. dio“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2017/07 – „Mein Name ist Monika 3. part / Moje ime je Monika 3. dio“ Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2017/09 – „Next to me / Kraj mene“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with English introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2017/10 – „Kroatisch Vokabeltaschenbuch 2“ (Croatian vocabulary book) for the textbook „Ja govorim hrvatski 2“, language level A2 – Paperback and e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2017/11 – „Die steinerne Vase / Kamena vaza“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2017/11 – „The Stone Vase / Kamena vaza“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with English introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2018/01 – „Kroatisch Verbverzeichnis A1 bis B2“ (Croatian Verbs Directory A1 to B1), from the Series Kroatisch leicht, Paperback, Amazon.com
  • 2018/03 – „The Girlfriends / Prijateljice“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with English introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2018/03 – „A Definite Thing / Definitivna stvar“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with English introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2018/03 – Audio book CD & MP3 „Kroatisch Einfache Sätze 1- Hörbuch“ for the same titled mini novel (Kroatisch leicht)
  • 2018/05 – Audio book CD & MP3 „Die silberne Lampe / Srebrna lampa – Hörbuch“ Hörbuch“ for the same titled mini novel (Kroatisch leicht)
  • 2018/06 – „The Stranger / Neznanac“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with English introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2018/10 – „Summer Holiday in Istria / Ljetovanje u Istri“ – Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with English introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.com
  • 2018/10 – Finalization of the short film and the trailer „Tea Party“
  • 2018/12 – Prose anthology „Saure Äpfel, harte Nüsse, weiche Birnen“, PEN Club Austria, Vienna
  • 2019/01 – „Der Besuch / Posjet“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.de
  • 2019/05 – „Die Begegnung / Susret“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, Amazon.de
  • 2019/05 – A short story in the prose anthology “Türen” –“Hinter der geschlossenen Tür” (Behind the Closed Door), platform literatur*grenzenlos, PEN Club Austria, Vienna
  • 2019/05 – Contribution to the prose anthology “Unser Europa“, “Die Parabel zur phönizischen Königstochter” (“A Parable About Phoenician King’s Daughter”), PEN Club Lower Austria
  • 2019/09 – The Life With the Root Voles – surreal short stories (Život s voluharicama – nadrealne priče), 2. edition, Edition gaar, epubli.de
  • 2019/11 – Theatre text and directing of „Seitensprung – ein Schauspiel in 18 Situationen“, premiered on 15.11.2019 at Pygmalion Theater, Vienna
  • 2019/11 – Short radio play „Eine Situation des Schlafzimmers“ (A Bedroom Situation) from the stage play “Seitensprung – ein Schauspiel in 18 Situationen”, premiered on 15.11.2019 at Pygmalion Theater, Vienna
  • 2019/12 – The Book of Takas – fairytales for adults (Knjiga o Takama – bajke za odrasle), 2. edition, Edition gaar, epubli.de
  • 2020/01 – Completion of shooting and start of post-production of the short film: „From her diary“
  • 2020/02 – Release of the audio book „The extraordinary challenge / Izuzetni izazov – audio book“, Croatian Made Easy
  • 2020/03 – Publication of the trilogy „My Name is Monika – Pt.1, 2. and 3“ – reading books as mini novels for reading Croatian with English foreword and vocabulary part – paperback + e-books
  • 2020/04 – Publication of the German language novel „Mein Name ist Monika“
  • 2020/06 – „The Encounter / Susret“, Reading book as a mini-novel for learners of Croatian language with German introduction – Paperback + e-book, ePubli.de

Literature Prizes

  • 1998 Literature prize of the women’s journal Die Wolfsfrau, Vienna
  • 2007 1st prize (zlatna bordura) at the Festival of Storytelling Pričigin, Split
  • 2008 Dramatist Prize, Exil Zentrum Wien, Vienna

About Me

There is no school where one can learn to write stories – one studies literature at the university, theatre or screenwriting theory; one reads books, analyses literary works, the movies, theatrical performances etc.; but nowhere one can learn how the story has to be written. – Where do I have learned to write stories?

Officially: I have dealed with the law, journalism, translation, theatre dramaturgy, acting, radio play, filmmaking,  screenwriting, languages as well as the principles of teaching foreign languages.

Unofficially: I was interested in cooking, in eatable wild plants, in several holy scriptures, in techniques of meditation, in collages as images, in physics and mathematics. As a hobby I used to attend various language courses, practiced tai-chi,  danced latino dances and played basketball.

But I hope with all my heart that all of these things have not influenced me in order to form my art. I believe that there is still something left that does not belong to the things one has learned – something untouched, something impersonal, something timeless. I hope that all of the things mentioned above have only been direction signs.

Because: If my art was only the sum of all my material experiences, I should not have even started with such an art.