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Five Leaves Bookshop visits Lviv UNESCO City of Literature

This is the fourth of six international online events organised by Five Leaves Bookshop, with funding from Arts Council England. The events bring writers from our region of England together with native writers from the cities we are visiting. All of those cities are UNESCO Cities of Literature, as is Nottingham, and as Nottingham’s independent bookshop we want to help to establish links with other Cities of Literature, their authors and their bookshops.

Jon McGregor’s first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, was on the longlist for the 2002 Man Booker Prize and went on to win several other awards. His second novel, So Many Ways To Begin, was also on the Booker longlist, as was Reservoir 13, which won the Costa Book Award for Best Novel. He was awarded the International Dublin Literary Award in 2012 for his novel Even the Dogs. He has been a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham since 2012.

Oksana Lutsyshyna is a Ukrainian writer, poet, literary scholar, and translator. In the early 2000s she left for the United States to study for master’s degrees and a PhD. Currently she teaches the Ukrainian language and Eastern European literature at The University of Texas in Austin. She has published four poetry collections, one collection of short stories, and two novels. Her most recent novel, Ivan and Phoebe, won the Lviv City of Literature UNESCO Prize in 2020 and the Taras Shevchenko National Prize for fiction in 2021. An English translation will be published this year.

A message from Lviv UNESCO City of Literature:

Зараз на наших очах твориться історія. І твориться вона голосами та життями українців. Ми ж хочемо, аби голоси українців звучали якомога голосніше, і були перекладені на якомога більше мов світу. За таку можливість – звучати українському голосу англійською мовою- сьогодні дякуємо Five Leaves Bookshop та Місту літератури Ноттінгем.
Now we are witnesses of how history creates the present. As it creates with the voices and lives of Ukrainians, we want these voices to sound as loud as possible and to be translated to as many languages as possible. For this opportunity – for Ukrainian voices to sound in English – today we thank Five Leaves Bookshop and Nottingham City of Literature.

Kindly hosted in Lviv by Iryna Starvoyt, and the Nottingham host is Stephan Collishaw.

Tickets: £3 if you can afford it, free if you can’t. It is essential to book via Eventbrite.

See all six events on Eventbrite here