Dušan Šarotar (1968) is a writer, poet, screenwriter and photographer. He has published five novels, two collections of short stories, three poetry collections and a book of essays. He is also the author of fifteen screenplays for documentary and feature films. His short film Mario Was Watching the Sea with Love (Mario je gledal morje z zaljubljenimi očmi), based on short stories from his collection Blind Spot (Mrtvi kot), won the 2016 Global Short Film Award in New York and the first prize in Ningbo, China, for best short film. Šarotar’s novels, stories and poems have been translated into several languages. Two of his novels, Billiards at the Dobray Hotel (Biljard v Dobrayu, 2007) and Panorama (2015), were nominated for the Kresnik Award for best novel of the year. Šarotar has also had several photographic exhibitions in national galleries and abroad. Photographs from his series Souls (Duše) are included in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Prekmurje.
Diving Under the Surface – Dušan Šarotar in conversation with fellow poet Stephen Watts: