Lviv BookForum took place 6–9 October with all events available free to view. Mixing acclaimed Ukrainian writers with world-renowned literary figures, the co-curated programme shared essential stories and facilitated a global conversation around the biggest questions of our time. Part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture devised jointly by the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute – catch up on all the highlights.
“Our 29th Lviv BookForum will tell our story to the world. We wish to illuminate what is happening in Ukraine and why. And we explain it with the help of culture. We also want to show the Ukrainian audience how the artists around the globe stand with us in solidarity, that Ukrainian authors and their voices are needed and valued more than ever. We could not do this without the support of Hay Festival. The authors who will come to Lviv and join us online are people who understand: their actions are a manifestation of strength and fight for Ukraine and, foremost, for a democratic world. This festival is another proof that Ukraine will win – with its own efforts and the efforts of colleagues, partners, and friends from all over the world” - Lviv BookForum curator and translator Sofia Cheliak.
"Putin’s war is an attack on democracy and freedom, not just in Ukraine but around the world. In joining the Lviv BookForum and Hay Festival programme, I support Ukrainian writers and readers as they share their work. May this theatre of ideas and talent inspire more to raise their voices and share their gifts." – Margaret Atwood
“For 36 years, Hay Festival has lit a beacon for enlightenment, bringing writers and readers together in events that inspire, examine and entertain. In a volatile world of anger and corrupted language, we champion empathy and curiosity; stories and truths are told, ideas are shared, and audiences are encouraged to imagine the world from other perspectives and with renewed and audacious hope. This new partnership, an exciting expansion of our global work with the British Council, will bring new audiences to Lviv BookForum and champion their essential work” - Hay Festival CEO Julie Finch.