War and its Aftermath

With Russia’s war against Ukraine overshadowing everything, a panel of award-winning writers from Ukraine and across the continent come together to discuss Europe’s wars past and present, and to ask, have we learned nothing? Reaching back centuries, coming-to-terms with the horrors of World War, and placing us at the very centre of war in Europe today, hear how our panel of exceptional European writers tackle the subject of war and its aftermath as they live through it or assess its impact from the distance of decades. Can literature help us to explain and understand war? In the case of Ukraine, is it actually possible to write prose and poetry when you’re in the midst of madness and destruction? 

With Kai Aareleid (Estonia), Chitra Ramaswamy (Scotland), Olena Stiazhkina (Ukraine) and Nachoem Wijnberg (Netherlands). Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Duration 45 min.