Marek Šindelka (1984) is a poet, prose writer and scriptwriter. He made his debut with a volume of verse Strychnin (Strychnine) for which he was awarded the Jiří Orten Prize 2006. Two years later he published his first novel Chyba (Aberrant), followed by a volume of short stories called Zůstaňte s námi (Stay Tuned), expressing a critical and ironic view on contemporary life. The book was awarded the Magnesia Litera Prize 2012. His next book, Mapa Anny (Map of Anna), is a set of short stories that are interconnected with each other and digs deep into the personal feelings and lives of young people. In 2016 Šindelka published a novel Únava materiálu (Material fatigue), in which he focuses on european “migrant crisis”.
His most recent publication was the graphic novel Svatá Barbora (Saint Barbora) – on which he collaborated with V. Mašek and M. Pokorný. As a scriptwriter he has worked with directors Michal Nohejl, Václav Kadrnka, Martin Mareček, Tomáš Bojar and others. His script (cowritten with Vojtěch Mašek) for the film Okupace (Occupation) was awarded the Czech Lion for best script and received a Czech Film Critics Award 2021.