EBRD Literature Prize 2022 has won author of «The Orphanage»

Author Sergei Zhadan“s book ‘The Orphanage’ has won the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development”s Literary Award 2022.

The EBRD Literary Awards recognise the best translators from the nearly 40 countries in which the Bank invests, from Central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean.

The grand prize is awarded to the best work of fiction originally written in the language of one of these countries, which has been translated into English and published by a British or European publisher in the previous year.

This year“s finalists also included a book from Greece (”Katerina“s Book” by Auguste Korto) and Slovakia (“Boat Number Five” by Monika Kompanikova).

Correspondent Evan Harvey, Literature Initiative

Art & Design exhibitions in London this Summer

We’ve selected for you the art and design exhibitions you should check out this hot summer. The Serpentine, the Barbican, the Design Museum, and others are all worth checking out.

Hot summer is here, which means there are a lot of immersive events and pop-ups happening around the city. A growing number of art and design exhibitions are opening this year, exploring the effects of lock-in, dealing with socioeconomic and political events, and posing thought-provoking questions concerning climate change. Providing a list of some of the summer’s most interesting art and design exhibitions, we’ve included Angela Santana’s eponymous exhibition at Saatchi Yates as well as Future Shock at 180 Strand.

“Penny World” Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

The exhibition Penny World presents the work of London-based poet and artist Penny Goring over the past 30 years. First solo exhibition by Goring at a public institution, the exhibit features paintings, sculptures, drawings, and digital collages. With reference to the current Great Britain cost-of-living crisis, the work explores how financial uncertainty can be long-term and how creativity can act as a counterbalance.

The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH June 9, 2022 – September 18, 2022

“Eternally Yours” Somerset House, London

“Your Eternally Mys” explores care, repair, and healing in a free exhibition. In this exhibition, artists and designers showcase repurposed and upcycled historical artefacts alongside works by leading artists and designers. “The Eternally Yours” exhibit invites visitors to embrace the idea of repair as a philosophy that profoundly transforms our relationship with the worn and old.

Strand, London WC2R 1LA June 16, 2022 – September 25, 2022

“Angela Santana” Saatchi Yates

With 14 of her largest oil paintings, Zurich-born artist Angela Santana examines the male fantasy and the female form. Through a series of radically disrupted paintings and digital artworks, the exhibition strives to reimagine the male gaze in an empowering way.

Exhibits by artists, installations, and sculptures in London Summer 2022.

6 Cork St, London, W1S 3NX June 8, 2022 – August 31, 2022

LRMA Concert this Sunday 3rd of July, St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace

On Sunday 3 July, from 15-00, the beautiful St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace will host some of the best orchestras and musicians in the LMRA. Whether you’re buying tickets or tuning in to hear the Sounds, there are many ways to enjoy great music.

The theme of this performance is classical music and peace. Tune in to a programme featuring LRMA alumni and students and others.

This evening is an ode to inspiring classical works.

A legendary graduation party is always an unforgettable celebration of classical music.

This concert is for peace, and any donations for refugees are welcome. In particular, we are fundraising for 5-year-old Ilya Prokofiev, who recently is joining LRMA.

Winners of the international literary competition New Amazons ’22

In the early 1990s, a collection of new women’s prose, The New Amazons, by a group of young female writers of the same name, was published. Since then, women’s prose has become a recognised phenomenon in contemporary literature. This competition is a continuation of an important conversation that began three decades ago. The international literary competition “New Amazons” awakens interest in the self-realization of women in society, in the profession and in civic initiatives aimed at helping people. Affirms the values of women’s social and creative experience and respects women’s choice of their own life path. Promotes gender equality. The task of the competition jury is to identify the most talented women writers of different generations and to present the results of the competition to the wider public, encouraging creative debate.

The awards ceremony was held on June 25, 2022 in Kupavna.

First Prize: Nina Gorlanova “Akusherochka” (Perm)

Second prize: Natalia Rubanova “Printed on the printer thoughtforms, forms and lovers” (Moscow), Alexandra Sviridova “Simpler in the grove” (USA)

Third Prize: Anastasia Astafieva “Treason” (Neya, Kostroma region), Maria Bregman “Baba Tonya” (Moscow – Chelovaya village, Smolensk region), Galiya Mavlyutova “Cholera riot” (St. Petersburg), Natalia Novohatnyaya “Pencils and paints” (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova), Olga Kharlamova “Talk to me” (Moscow)

Diplomas: Natalia Belyaeva “Frozen Milk”, Nina Veselova “Be Ready” (Pochinok village, Kostroma region), Elena Vohmina “Waiting for a netsuke” (St. Petersburg), Tatiana Dmitrieva “Without a Single Man” (Sergiev Posad, Moscow region), Apollinaria Zueva “The Painted Pencils” (Kishinev, Republic of Moldova). ), Apollinaria Zueva ‘Pannochka’ (Kaliningrad), Galina Kudryavskaya ‘Stranger Life’ (Omsk), Fatima Kutsulova ‘The Day She Forgot’ (Makhachkala, Republic of Dagestan), Irina Lvova ‘Judith Morris’ (Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia), Tatiana Okonomyuk ‘Thirteenth’ (Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany),

Alisa Ponikarovskaya “Rakinya” (Omsk), Elena Safronova “You Can Live” (Ryazan),

Olga Simonova-Partan “Podruzhestvo” (USA), Elena Somova “Why?” (Nizhny Novgorod),

Tatiana Taran “My Railway” (Vladivostok), Natalia Shakhnazarova “Ryabina” (Moscow),

Marina Sheptunova “Bright Sunday” (Moscow), Galina Schekina “Maybe that’s enough” (Vologda),

Egvina Fet “All that Stings: The Lady of the Flowers and Other Feminatives” (Stavropol).

Stories by first-, second-, and third-prize winners, stories by diploma holders, and shortlisted stories have been published in the collection of women’s prose “Feminine News”: Union of Writers, 2021, – 400 pp.

What about: The story about the self-realization of women in all spheres of public and professional life, the perception of time and historical events, about success and creative search, overcoming life circumstances, including pandemic and forced isolation, about mutual assistance, the uniqueness of women’s practices and the importance of women’s experiences for society, finding their place in life.

Who: Talented women writers from different generations

Where and how: Writers from any country in the world, a work in any language.

Does English literature have a future?

Considering how the world seems to be becoming ever more utilitarian and technocratic, this question preoccupies us. Arts and humanities courses are being threatened by a shift towards ‘skills-based’ learning.

Alice Crossley, on Reaction, warns that we may overlook the “war on culture” that is being fought “under our noses” in the midst of all the furore about culture wars.

The decline of arts and humanities subjects at our universities is more important than the bickering between Gen Z and boomers, owing to the prevailing view that “educational wealth” is less important than “economic wealth”.

Sheffield Hallam University’s suspension of English literature caused an outcry last week. In fact, it merely embodied a larger trend in higher education: the University of Roehampton recently axed its arts and humanities coursesIn fact, it merely embodied a larger trend in higher education: the University of Roehampton recently axed its arts and humanities courses, citing a need for “skills-led” learning, which was in tandem with “greater engagement with employers”. De Montfort, Huddersfield, and Wolverhampton are also said to be considering similar plans.

Universities serve what purpose? It is a place for learning and growth, for developing critical thinking and communication skills. According to The Guardian, the government’s approach is “grimly utilitarian”. For graduates who wish to repay their loans as soon as possible, funding is being increased for STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), while courses that are deemed to be of mediocre quality are being subjected to “increasingly aggressive scrutiny”.

Universities are places where we ought to be learning how to engage with the world critically and imaginatively, to see things from different perspectives and to understand the complexities of human experience. But if they continue to prioritise “skills-led” learning over a breadth of knowledge, they will be doing a disservice to both their students and society as a whole.

According to James Marriott in The Times, English literature is doomed no matter what funding issues are present. A-level tables have also declined as its “cultural prestige” has faded, as well as its popularity as a degree course.

Studying great literature was considered noble and humane once because it communicated a “universal humanity.” Nowadays, this doctrine is considered outdated: the canon is no longer perceived as humanity’s “universal inheritance”, but as a “chauvinist embarrassment”. Despite my love for English literature, its study is destined to fade into marginality, just as it did in classical and theological studies.

Maria Bregmans books are presented at a book exhibition

One of the most interesting discoveries at this year’s book fair, 3-6 June 2022, were the books of Maria Bregman, a young, talented writer who has already made a name for herself in the literary world.

At the book fair visitors can buy and read her latest book “Merging with the Light”, which is a collection of stories set in the small village of Chelnovaia.

The book tells about the inhabitants of Chelnova, a small village near Smolensk, and the problems they face in their daily lives.

Maria Bregman“s work has been consistently popular at book fairs and has won a number of awards. One of the writer”s latest short stories “Baba Tonya” has received one of the highest awards of the “New Amazons” competition for the best women’s story and was published in the prestigious publication “News female kind”, which was also presented at the book fair on Red Square.

The story “Baba Tonya” is about a girl who spends her summer in the village of Chelnovaya in the company of a local woman, Baba Toni, a mystical and powerful figure, a woman of great experience, who has the gift of healing people and who passes on her secret knowledge to the girl.

A series of new short stories about Chelnova, which were not included in this book but have already appeared in magazines and almanacs and received rave reviews from critics, will appear in the writer’s new book, due to be published by a unknown publisher.

Maria Bregman writes beautifully and poetically, and her portrayal of the harsh winter and forest is both stunning and accurate. Her characters are complex and believable, and the reader can’t help but be drawn into their lives and their concerns.

This is a book that will stay with you long after you have read it and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good book.

Maria Bregman is also the author of the story “Not an Accidental Encounter” which was included in the book “Merging with Light”. The story, set in a fictional town, depicts the lives of its inhabitants during a major crisis.

Maria Bregman graduated from the Higher Literary Courses at the A.M. Gorky Literature Institute and is now considered one of World’s most promising young writers. Her work has psychological depth and insight, and her prose style is both elegant and accessible.

Maria Bregman is a member of the Union of Writers and has received several awards for her work. Her story “Baba Tonya” has been translated into Chinese, hebrew, germany, french and others languages.

It was a pleasure to meet this talented and friendly writer, and we look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.

Correspondent Evan Harvey, Literature Initiative

Author with British citizenship banned from flying home to UK

The Ugandan-born literature award winner said she felt “numb” after she was prevented from boarding a Ryanair flight from Brussels to her home in Manchester.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a British citizen who has lived in the UK for 21 years, was returning from a literature festival when she was barred from checking in.

The 54-year-old novelist, who won the 2018 Wyndham-Campbell Literary Award and the 2014 Commonwealth Storytelling Award, said she was shocked by her treatment.

Macumby, who taught at Manchester Metropolitan University and Lancaster University, was granted indefinite leave to remain in 2012 and British citizenship this year. She applied for a British passport in April and was waiting for an appointment.

She had no problem travelling to Belgium on her Ugandan passport and biometric residence permit. But on Wednesday night, Ryanair staff at Brussels Charleroi airport prevented her from checking in for a return flight to Manchester, where she lives with her husband and son.

Makumbi said: “I was travelling on the same passport, with the same indefinite stay card. But then on my return the gentleman in charge at Ryanair decided I wasn“t going to fly because my indefinite leave to remain had an expiry date, which was in April this year, but in Britain that expiry date is ignored because it is indefinite leave to remain. And, in fact, immigration also ignores it. So when I walked out, Ryanair didn”t bother with it and I showed it to them.