Olivera Olja Jelkić, a children’s writer by nationality, has been writing and publishing for 25 years. She has published more than 20 novels so far. She has been a member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Literature in Paris, since 2018. She is the winner of the “Golden Badge” of the Cultural and Educational Association of Serbia, for her contribution to culture and the promotion of culture and books. She is a honorary Doctor of Science of Slobomir P University; Conceptual creator and owner of the project “Little Free Libraries”. Oral narrator, where she reads and records books at the Association of the Blind, which are published in an audio version adapted to the blind people.
Her books are translated and published in several foreign languages: English, Slovenian, Chinese, Russian, Uzbek, Macedonian, Ruthenian, Hungarian.
Olivera Olja Jelkić’s novels are divided into two groups: fiction for children for younger age, and novels for older age which deal with very serious topics that children encounter, such as: child trafficking, attitude towards pets, problems of transgender persons, law problems, and similar topics … The novel “Ludwig” deals with a true detail from the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, when he was 18 years old, where he deals with his first love.
She has won a number of awards for individual novels, some of which have been named Book of the Year. Also, lately, she has won several awards for the entire opus, both in Serbia, and from the countries of the region.
It is difficult to reject prejudices and separate Olivera Olja Jelkić as a writer, a fighter for children’s rights, a book promoter, an oral narrator, a songwriter, a playwright, from the location where she lives and works.It’s not her choice.She was born there, but she is also needed there.If she had left Serbia, she would not have written everything she wrote, and she would not have helped everyone she helped.One Olivera Olja Jelkić is necessary on such a hate-infected area, in order to act as an antibiotic, to shed light on the problems, and to help solve them.
Therefore, it is necessary to make an effort and look at Olivera Olja Jelkić as an individual, and evaluate her contibution to life outside prejudice, outside politics, outside time.
Olivera Olja Jelkić is one and the same wherever she is.She is a children’s writer by nationality, a fighter for children’s rights.She is a mother, a friend, a comrade.She is immune to politics, hatred and petty local quarrels, divisions and splittings.She is her own and of children.Unrepeatable, the unique.Olivera Olja Jelkić