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Literature during the Lviv Month: The letters from Ukraine

In April, the Lviv Club and Cafe Hourglass (Klubokawiarnia Lwowska Pod Klepsydrą) will host the most prominent Ukrainian writers and poets—the young ones and those whose works are acknowledged internationally, Yuriy Andrukhovych, Andriy Bondar, Sofiya Andrukhovych, and Yuriy Izdryk. The events of 2013–2015 heavily stigmatised processes of literature creation in Ukraine.

Many writers undertook the role of the ambassadors of Ukrainian culture in foreign countries, therefore these meetings should give us the opportunity to talk about various things apart from literature, but the book, poetry and prose will undoubtedly reign at that time, especially because at the end of 2015, Lviv joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and has become the UNESCO’s  City of Literature.

As part  of the literary programme, we will participate in the first public presentation of a poetry anthology,  The letters from Ukraine. This anthology (published in Polish and English), prepared exclusively for the celebrations of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, is a thorough overview of the latest Ukrainian poetry, created and published while the ground-breaking social changes came over Ukraine. We have decided that the essential date limiting the collection should be 30 November 2013, the day when Berkut special police used force to disperse a peaceful protest demonstration at Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev. The events of 30/11 led directly to the dynamic and mass eruption of the social movement, eventually transformed into a true Ukrainian Dignity Revolution. The anthology contains translations of poems by more than fifty modern Ukrainian poets. These form a peculiar answer to the poetic tome, The letters to Ukraine, by Yuriy Andrukhovych—a collection of letters written in Moscow to a mythical Ukrainian friend, full of hopes and dreams of the free Ukraine. The anthology is going to be presented during the Ukrainian poetry and music ALL NIGHT LONG event—a literary-and-musical marathon based on the formula of night readings initiated by the writer and translator, Jurek Pokalczuk.

Meeting place: KLUBOKAWIARNIA LWOWSKA POD KLEPSYDRĄ (Lviv Club and Café “Hourglass”) / Klub Proza (“The Prose” Club), Przejście Garncarskie 2, Wrocław / Free entrance

Dates: 02–03/04/2016 // 06/04/2016 // 09/04/2016 // 14/04.2016 // 16–17/04/2016 // 21–22/04/2016 // 27/04/2016 // 29/04/2016 //  6:00 p.m.

Ukrainian poetry and music ALL NIGHT LONG (Noc ukraińskiej poezji i muzyki NON STOP) // 22/04/2016 // 10:00 p.m.

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