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Writing under Fire

Poetry and Prose from Ukraine and the Black Country

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Join an Anglo-Ukrainian all-star cast for the presentation of Writing under Fire, a collection of prose and poetry that reflects on Russia’s war against Ukraine. Dr Rob Francis, Carmel Doohan, Wolverhampton poem laureate Kuli Kohli and Dr Kerry-Hadley Pryce (English Literature, Wolverhampton) will respond to pieces written by Ukrainian poets and writers including Roksolana Zharkova, Tetiana Belimova, Rostyslav Melnykiv and Liudmila Taran to reflect on the ongoing military crisis. The session will be hosted by the book’s co-editor editors Professor Sebastian Groes (English Literature, Wolverhampton). The event also offers a panel discussion on the importance of arts and literature in times of crisis, reiterating the connection and support between cultures, addressing war trauma whilst looking for a brighter future.

You will be invited to buy Writing under Fire. The book’s proceeds will go towards the rebuilding of Berdyansk library, which was looted and set on fire by Russian troops, and to the restoration of its holdings.

The event commemorates Writing under Fire’s contributor Victoria Amelina, the writer who was wounded by a Russian missile in March 2023 and subsequently died of her injuries.

Date: Saturday 3rd February

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Venue: Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Price: Pay what you feel

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