Lviv BookForum 2022

Lviv BookForum will take place 6–9 October with all events available free to view here. Mixing acclaimed Ukrainian writers with world-renowned literary figures, the co-curated programme will share essential stories and facilitate 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, the full programme is listed below.

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Events taking place live online 6–9 October 2022

Catherine Belton (digital), Oliver Bullough, Misha Glenny and Vadym Karpiak

Money and culture: how cultural institutions became Russia's offshore

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The Pandora Papers were the biggest ever leak of offshore data concerning the financial secrets of the rich and powerful, chiefly concerning property acquisition. But can cultural institutions work as offshore companies, and to what extent is Russian capital present in cultural institutions and activities abroad? British journalists Misha Glenny, Oliver Bullough and Catherine Belton are authors of, respectively, McMafia; Butler to the World: How Britain became the servant of tycoons, tax dodgers, kleptocrats and criminals; and Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West. Chaired by the TV presenter and Speaker of the Ukrainian Women's Congress Vadym Karpiak.

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Events taking place live online 6–9 October 2022

Philippe Sands talks to Victoria Amelina

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The international human rights lawyer and author of East West Street, The Ratline and The Last Colony talks about his work and ideas about justice and criminality that have their origins in the city of Lviv to the novelist Victoria Amelina.

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Philippe Sands talks to Victoria Amelina

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Victoria Amelina, Jon Lee Anderson, Michael Katakis, Janine di Giovanni and Tetyana Oharkova

The Role of Journalists and Writers in War

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Ernest Hemingway was one of the first writers to live in and write about a country at war, using his experiences as a reporter during the civil war in Spain as the background to For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). How has the role of writers and journalists changed during the current war and what choices did Ukrainian writers make after Russia initiated it in 2014 by annexing Crimea? American writer and photographer Michael Katakis manages Ernest Hemingway's literary estate. Victoria Amelina is a novelist and activist, a winner of the Joseph Conrad Literary Award. Jon Lee Anderson is an American biographer, war correspondent and staff writer for The New Yorker. Janine di Giovanni is the co-Founder and Director of The Reckoning Project: Ukraine Testifies, a USAID-supported organization that documents and verifies war crimes and builds cases for international justice mechanisms. Chaired by Tetyana Oharkova, a Ukrainian literary scholar, journalist and essayist.

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Abdulrazak Gurnah (digital) talks to Alim Aliev

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The Tanzanian-British author, winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature, in conversation with the Ukrainian writer and decolonisation specialist.

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Abdulrazak Gurnah (digital) talks to Alim Aliev
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