Worldwide Reading of Ukrainian Literature on 7 September 2022

Worldwide Reading of Ukrainian Literature on 7 September 2022

(c) Hartwig Klappert

The international literature festival berlin [ilb], in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair and the German PEN Centre, calls on cinemas, schools, universities, media, cultural institutions and individuals to participate in a worldwide reading of Ukrainian literature on September 7, 2022.

On the occasion of the war in Ukraine and its devastating effects, we would like to shine a light on Ukrainian literature through the Worldwide Reading, to highlight its content and stylistic facets, and to give Ukrainian authors an international forum. Even in times of distress, literature can and must function as a medium of criticism, can try to find words and linguistic forms for the unspeakable. At the same time, the readings will focus not only on current works, but also on historical ones.

Readings can be made from specially selected texts as well as from the proposals of the ilb. So far we are thinking of these authors: Jurij Andruchowytsch, Serhij Zhadan, Boris Chersonskij, Ilya Kaminski, Oksana Sabuschko, Andrei Kurkov, Taras Prochasko, Andrij Ljubka, Natalia Belchenko, Kateryna Kalytko, Luba Jakymchuk, Marjana Kijanovska, Iya Kiva, Halyna Kruk, Irina Shuvalova, Ostap Slyvynsy, Iwan Kotljarewskyj and Taras Schewtschenko.

Institutions and individuals who would like to participate with a specially organized reading are asked to send us the following information by July 1, 2022: Names of organizers, venue, time, participating actors, event language, link to your website if applicable. The email address is: worldwidereading@literaturfestival.com. The ilb will announce the events on the website, press and social media. The organizers must acquire the rights to the texts themselves from the publishers or authors – we are happy to provide support in this matter.

The call's signatories can be found here.