Ukrainian books of the last decade - a talk by Svitlana Pyrkalo

We are delighted to invite you to a talk – Ukrainian books of the last decade –  by Svitlana Pyrkalo, a prominent literary observer, writer, journalist and panel member of the BBC Ukrainian Book Award (given in partnership with the EBRD cultural programme). The talk will take place on Thursday, 12 February, 7.00PM at the Ukrainian Institute, London, 79, Holland Park, London, W11 3SW. Svitlana Pyrkalo

Svitlana is a London-based writer, journalist and translator who writes in Ukrainian, English and Russian. She graduated from the Kyiv National University, linguistics faculty, and currently lives and works in Whitechapel, East London, United Kingdom. She blogs about life in her borough on pyrkalo.com.

She currently works for the EBRD as a press officer. Until April 2011, she was a distinguished journalist with the BBC Ukrainian service and presented the Friday interactive evening programme in Ukrainian from London. Ms Pyrkalo was the originator of the BBC Ukrainian annual book prize.

In 1998, she compiled and published The First Dictionary of Ukrainian Slang (Ukrainian: Перший словник українського молодіжного сленгу) consisting of 2700 entries. It since been used and quoted by other researchers.

In 1999 her first short novel Green Margarita (Ukrainian: Зелена Маргарита) was awarded 2nd place in a Smoloskyp publishers contest for young writers. Subsequently it was published by Smoloskyp in 2000 and has since been republished twice (2002, 2007) by two different publishers.

In 2000 she became editor-in-chief of a TV talk show Without Taboo (Ukrainian: Без табу) at the Ukrainian 1+1 TV channel, dedicated to unusual human stories, with elements of dramatisation.

In 2002, together with colleagues T. Vorozhko and M. Veresen, she published a book describing their TV experience, Without Taboo about “Without Taboo” (Ukrainian: Без табу про “Без Табу”) with “Zeleny Pes” publishers.

In 2004 Svitlana Pyrkalo’s second novel, Don’t Think about Red (Ukrainian: Не думай про червоне), was published by Fakt publishers, Kyіv.

In 2007 Fakt also published her collection of essays on food, travel and Ukrainian identity Egoist’s Kitchen (Ukrainian: Кухня Егоїста). In 2007 Svitlana Pyrkalo also translated into Ukrainian the novel Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka.

As a permanent panel member of the prestigious BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year, representing the EBRD’s cultural programme, Svitlana will give a talk to commemorate the 10th anniversary of this award. She will introduce the best books and writers, and will share her vision of the modern trends of Ukrainian literature of the last decade.


The talk will be held in Ukrainian and English.

All Welcome. Free Admission