Hanna Komar is a Belarusian poet and social activist who has published four collections of poems. She is an honorary member of the English PEN and won the Freedom of Speech Award of the Norwegian Authors’ Union in 2020. She is currently living and studying in England, partly because the Belarusian regime closed the local PEN section. Komar is studying creative writing at the University of Westminster and has a free pass to the London Library. It is no wonder that her work reflects the political situation of Belarus, the injustice of the ruling regime and its impact on ordinary people. Komar’s poems often have a biographical background; her texts describe the stories of Belarusians who fled their homeland in the wake of the protests prompted by the fraudulent elections of 2020. Komar gives voice to people of different genders, ages and social backgrounds that found remaining in Belarus unbearable or dangerous – and all these voices are connected by concern for the fate of their country, not to mention homesickness. Hanna Komar will talk to writer and translator Igor Kotjuh.
|Sunday, 28 May at 18:00||Hanna Komar and Igor Kotjuh||Estonian Writers’ Union|