"Despite the crisis, Ukraine's literature is going though a boom" - talk by Svitlana Pyrkalo, 21 January

Despite the political and economic turmoil Ukraine is going through, its literature is experiencing a period of tremendous development, such was an inspiring summary of Svitlana Pyrkalo,  EBRD’s Advisor on Culture and a founder of BBC’s Annual Book of the Year Award for best pieces of Ukrainian literature.

January 21, 2016 Svitlana spoke at the Ukrainian Institute and offered a review of the book which have received the prestigious award in 2015: a collection of short story called “The House by Bating Hallow” byVasyl Makhno (“ij ”) andAndriy Bachynsky‘s “140 Decibels of Silence”(“140 ”) which won the BBC Children’s Book of the Year 2015 accolade.

She also re-capped the literary trend of recent years by presenting the books which were awarded the same price in the past. Ukraine’s contemporary literature covers a wide ground in terms of styles and themes: ranging from utopia to history novels, from love stories to hip prose for youth.

The BBC’s Book of the Year Award was established in 2005 and over this time has become a prestigious price, highlighting achievements of contemporary Ukrainian literature. The “BBC Children’s Book of the Year” award was established 4 years ago.

The talk was moderated by Marina Pesenti, Director of the Ukrainian Institute.