An Evening with Oksana Zabuzhko and Rosie Goldsmith, 20 May 6.30pm
DATE & TIME: Wednesday 20 May, 6.30-7.30pm
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The event is free. We suggest a voluntary donation of £5 for those able to support Ukrainian Institute London, a UK charity dedicated to broadening knowledge about Ukraine in Britain. Donations can be made via JustGiving.
Join us for a riveting evening with Ukraine's celebrated author and public intellectual, Oksana Zabuzhko in conversation with award-winning journalist and director of the European Literature Network, Rosie Goldsmith. Zabuzhko will be speaking about her life in books and her dazzling collection of short stories, Your Ad Could Go Here recently released in English translation, published by Amazon Crossing.
In 1996, Zabuzhko rose to international fame with the publication of Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex, a novel that topped Ukraine’s bestseller list for more than ten years and which has been named one of the most influential Ukrainian books since independence in 1991.
Zabuzhko now makes a triumphant return onto the international stage, with the English translation of Your Ad Could Go Here. From the triumph of the Orange Revolution to domestic victories in matchmaking, sibling rivalry and even tales of tennis, this collection of short stories captures the strangeness of being human and shares profound insight into contemporary Ukraine.
At this event, Oksana Zabuzhko and Rosie Goldsmith will speak about Your Ad Could Go Here and the broader societal and political themes that the stories touch upon.
The event will be held in English.
OKSANA ZABUZHKO is widely recognised as Ukraine’s leading literary voice. She has authored more than twenty books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, which have been translated into 15 languages and received numerous awards. Since publishing her influential novel Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex (1996), she has been working as a freelance author.
Among her awards are a MacArthur Grant (2002), the Antonovych International Foundation Prize (2008), the Ukrainian National Award, the Order of Princess Olha (2009), the ANGELUS Central European Literature Award (2013) and many other national and international commendations.
Zabuzhko lives in Kyiv with her partner artist Rostyslav Luzhetskyy, with whom she operates a small publishing house.
ROSIE GOLDSMITH is the founder and director of the European Literature Network, an organisation devoted to excellent writing from Europe translated into English. A SONY-award-winning journalist specialising in arts and foreign affairs, Goldsmith spent twenty years at the BBC, travelling the world and presenting flagship programmes such as Crossing Continents, A World In Your Ear, Open Book and Front Row. As a broadcaster and linguist (French, German, Italian) she interviewed many of the great names in culture and current affairs and now combines journalism with chairing and curating literary events and festivals for leading cultural organisations.
In addition to her work with the European Literature Network, Goldsmith has hosted and helped launch European Literature Night at the British Library in 2009, and she collaborates with the EUPL Literature Prize in Brussels. She has created a host of original events and festivals to raise the profile of writers and artists from across Europe and is chair of judges for the EBRD International Literature Prize. She presents the literary podcast The Words and appears regularly as critic and panellist on the BBC and at festivals. Nicknamed ‘Rosie The Riveter’ for her direct approach to initiatives, Goldsmith has also launched the The Riveter magazine of European literature and monthly online Riveting Reviews.
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