Olga Drenda

fot.  Maciej Zienkiewicz

Writer, journalist, translator, and cultural anthropologist. She comes from Mikołów. With equal ease, she writes about love, DIY projects, or cats, although she is perhaps best known as a tireless explorer of the “little era” (as she calls it herself), which separates the communist state from contemporary Poland. As a researcher – curious and meticulous – she excels in navigating the world of social media.
Nominated for “Polityka’s Passports,” winner of the Gdynia Literary Award 2019.

Above all, an experience of a compact city. It is commonly associated with a city of heritage, but within this heritage, entirely contemporary life continues, and its residents are not exhibits. It’s precisely this aspect that interests me: interpreting heritage and local identity in one’s own way, so as to integrate it into the everyday life of a modern farmer, artisan, artist, or entrepreneur, and thereby constantly enliven it. How not to become permanently stuck in a fairytale – that’s the challenge that, as I imagine, Pszczyna faces all the time. At the same time, cohesion, compactness, and the “pocket-sized” character help create a small ecosystem in which one can nurture a good, contemporary life.