PEN Ukraine is launching third season of Lacework
PEN Ukraine is resuming its project Lacework: Literary Readings in Ukrainian Towns. Running from June until November 2022, Ukrainian writers will meet readers in towns across 9 regions: Bukovyna, Vinnytsia, Transcarpathia, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, and Cherkasy.
As of now, participation in the third season has been confirmed by the following Ukrainian authors: Maksym Bespalov, Tamara Horikha Zernia, Zoya Kazanzhy, Andriy Lyubka, Kateryna Mikhalitsyna, Marjana Savka, Rostyslav Semkiv, Iryna Slavinska, Ostap Slyvynsky, Julia Stakhivska, and Mariya Tytarenko.
PEN Ukraine began the Lacework: Literary Readings in Ukrainian Towns project in 2019. The primary purpose of Lacework is to promote reading in district centers across Ukraine, introduce residents of Ukrainian towns to contemporary Ukrainian literature, and encourage their entry into the cultural field shared with the big cities. Writer, editor, and cultural manager Anastasia Levkova is the project curator.
In 2019, as part of the first two project seasons, Ukrainian writers visited 19 towns in 9 regions, namely: Berehove and Mukacheve in Transcarpathia; Izmail and Kilia in Odesa region; Izium and Chuhuiv in Kharkiv region; Henichesk and Novooleksiivka in Kherson region; Berdiansk and Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia region; Bakhmach and Baturyn in Chernihiv region; Kozelshchyna, Kobeliaky, and Kremenets in Poltava region; Voznesensk and Pervomaisk in Mykolaiv region; and Novomoskovsk and Kamianske in Dnipro region. The following writers took part over the course of the two seasons: Victoria Amelina, Ivan Andrusiak, Andrij Bondar, Halyna Vdovychenko, Pavlo Volvach, Maryna Hrymych, Anatoliy Dnistrovy, Mila Ivantsova, Kateryna Kalytko, Pavlo Korobchuk, Oleh Kotsarev, Andriy Kurkov, Myroslav Laiuk, Iren Rozdobudko, Iryna Tsilyk, Artem Chapai, Artem Chekh, and Petro Yatsenko. The project was made possible thanks to the support of the International Renaissance Foundation and Smart Foundation.
"During the first seasons of the Lacework we set out to activate cultural life in district centers across Ukraine, to create a network of connections between authors and cultural managers in different regions of the country who would continue this work in their communities. Frequently, the Lacework participants were the first contemporary writers to come to those district centers," says project initiator and PEN Ukraine Executive Director Tetyana Teren. "Currently, when Russia is waging a savage war against our country and when most of the major cultural events in Ukraine were postponed due to the war, we want Lacework to become a platform for sharing and chronicling the experience of our struggle, a space for support and interaction.
In view of the martial law currently in place in Ukraine, the main priority regarding the organization of trips will be ensuring the safety of participants and event attendees. In case the war danger escalates or declines in any of the pre-planned regions, the list of towns and schedule of events may be changed.
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