Program of Lviv Book Forum 2022

This year the oldest annual book event in Ukraine will be online. Lviv BookForum will take place 6–9 October with all events available free to view at official Hay festivals' site. The biggest book festival in UK is a partner of Bookforum. 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. You can watch events online here:

  • BookForum's facebook-page;
  • BookForum's site (chapter "Program");
  • Youtube-channel “Еспресо”;
  • Hay Festivals's site (ENG).

Friday, 7th of October

Public talk "Love and lost"

Participants: Henry Marsh, Rachel Clark, moderator - psychotherapist Volodymyr Stanchyshyn

12:00 - 13:30

Women & war

Participants: Larysa Denysenko, Emma Graham Harrison, Lydia Cacho, Diana Berg

14:00 - 15:30

Public talk about women's rights and freedom of speech. Kateryna Kalytko with Elif Shafak

16:00 - 16:50

Art in times of conflict

Participants: Diana Berg, Kateryna Kalytko, Ostap Slyvynskyi, Emma Graham Harrison

17:00 - 18:30

Public talk with Yuval Harari and Neil Gaiman

Event will be chaired by Sevgil Musayeva, editor-in-chief of Ukrayinska Pravda.

19:00 - 20:00

Saturday, 8th of October

Morning reading for children with Oleksandr Dermanski

Event will be offline. It will take place in Lviv.

10:00 - 10:45

The idea of Europe

Participants: Volodymir Yermolenko, Philipe Sands, Tetyana Oharkova, Misha Glenny

11:00 - 12:30

Imperialism and identity

Participants: Olena Styazhkina, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Lydia Cacho, Ihor Pomerantsev, Jon Lee Anderson

13:00 - 14:30


Participants: Bruno Macaes, Philipe Sands, Emma Winberg, Lyubov Tsybulska, Peter Pomerantsev

15:00 - 16:30

Hope, humanity, and war

Participants: Margaret McMillan, Sergii Plokhii, Yaroslav Hrytsak

17:00 - 18:30

War crimes & memory

Participants: Philipe Sands, Natalia Humeniuk, Stanyslav Asieiev, Johnatan Littell, event will be chaired by Ukrainian journalist and radio presenter Andrii Kulykow

18:30 - 20:00

Public talk literary critic and translator Yurii Prokhasko with Margaret Atwood

20:15 - 21:15

Sunday, 9th of October

Morning reading for children with Sashko Dermanski

10:00 - 10:45

Money and culture: how cultural institutions become russia's offshore

Participants: Misha Glenny, Oliver Bullough, Catherine Belton. Event will be chaired by the TV presenter Vadym Karpiak.

11:00 - 12:30

Public talk of Philippe Sands with Ukrainian activist, writer and novelist Viktoria Amelina

13:00 - 14:30

The role of journalists and writers in war

Participants: Michael Katakis, Viktoria Amelina, Jon Lee Anderson. It will be chaired by Tetyana Oharkova, a Ukrainian literary scholar, journalist and essayist.

15:00 - 16:30

New reality – new creativity. Pre-promotion of the anthology "War 2022": diaries, essays, poetry

Participants: Mariana Savka, Tetiana Teren

16:30 - 18:00

Public talk of Nobelist Abdulrazak Gurnah with Alim Aliev, Ukrainian journalist, activist.

19:00 - 20:00

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