Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov. Discussion with the Author. 24 February 2021.

DATE & TIME: Wednesday 24 February, 6.30pm GMT
£5 / £3 students. Book via eventbrite.

A rare chance to meet Ukraine's most famous novelist - Andrey Kurkov, the author of the bestselling Death and the Penguin.

The webinar will discuss Andrey Kurkov’s new and very timely novel, Grey Bees, translated into English by Boris Dralyuk. In this book, Kurkov dramatises the war in Ukraine through the adventures of a beekeeper.

Join the webinar to hear Kurkov talk about finding creative ways to represent the ongoing war, and pose your questions to a writer who has been called a Ukrainian Murakami and a post-Soviet Kafka.


Andrey Kurkov

Andrey Kurkov is a writer, journalist and screenwriter. He is the author of 13 novels and 5 books for children. More than 20 feature films and documentaries are based on his scripts. He is the only writer in post-Soviet countries, whose books have reached the top ten European bestsellers. Over 150 thousand copies of his most popular novel Death and the Penguin were sold in Ukraine — more than any other book of any other contemporary Ukrainian writer. Kurkov’s books are translated into 36 languages. Andrey Kurkov is the president of PEN Ukraine.


Moderator: Boris Dralyuk

Boris Dralyuk is the editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is co-editor of The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, editor of 1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution, and translator of Isaac Babel, Andrey Kurkov, Maxim Osipov, Mikhail Zoshchenko, and other authors. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Criterion, NYRB, The Hopkins Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. (Photograph by Jennifer Croft).