Andrii Kurkov – PEN Ukraine’s New President

Such decision has been reached by members of PEN Ukraine during General report and election meeting. According to the Statute of PEN Ukraine, Andrii Kurkov will be the chairman of the organisation for the following 2 years. Previously, PEN Ukraine was chaired by Myk Riabchuk, who henceforth, together with Myroslav Marynovych, is one of the honorary presidents of the organisation.

Furthermore, members of PEN Ukraine elected two vice-presidents – Ola Hnatiuk and Tetyana Teren. Members of the renewed Executive Board of PEN Ukraine have become Olena Stiazhkina, Leonid Finberg, Yevhen Zakharov, Larysa Denysenko and Ostap Slyvynskyy.

Andrii Kurkov is a writer and scriptwriter. He is the author of novels and stories: “The Bickford Fuse” (1993), “The Fellow of the Deceased” (1995), “Death and the Penguin” (1996), “The President’s Last Love” (2004), “The Milkman in the Night” (2007), “Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv” (2012), “Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev” (2015), “The Grey Bees” (2018), as well as books of short stories, children’s stories and film scripts. Andrii Kurkov’s books have been translated into nearly 40 languages. Previously he held the position of Vice-president of PEN Ukraine.

PEN Ukraine is one of 144 autonomous national PEN centres. PEN was founded in London in 1921 at the initiative of writers Catherine Amy Dawson Scott and John Galsworthy. PEN aims to defend author’s right to the freedom of speech and expression, promote cooperation of intellectuals all over the world, as well as support the development of literature and encourage reading. Ukrainian centre of PEN International was established in 1989. Under the auspices of PEN Ukraine, annual awarding of V. Stus and Y. Sheveliov prizes, as well as the Kharkiv Literary Residence are held. The organisation unites 90 members.

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