Commemoration Event for 75th Anniversary of Siberia Deportations

 24 May
 Bradford Literature Festival Delius Arts & Cultural Centre
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 Elizabeth Gradosielska Olsson
With Katy Carr, Matt Kelly, Maria Jastrzębska, and Anita Jean Prażmowska £6 Book online A special cultural evening of words, poetry and music to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Stalin’s wartime deportations of almost two million Polish citizens to forced labour camps in Siberia, which followed the Russian invasion of Poland in 1939. Join us for an evening of insight and reflection. Katy Carr is a British born singer and songwriter with Polish roots. Her fourth album Paszport was inspired by the Second World War experience in Poland and won the category for Best Concept album in the Independent Music Awards 2014. The album explores themes of love, refugee status, loss of passport, country, resistance, hope against adversity and patriotism. Maria Jastrzębska was born in Warsaw and came to England as a child. She is a poet, editor and translator. Her most recent collection is At The Library of Memories. Her drama, Dementia Diaries, toured nationally in 2011. She has co-edited various anthologies including Queer in Brighton. Matthew Kelly is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton and has been working on Irish history, the history of Poland, and British environmental history. He is the author of The Fenian Ideal and Irish Nationalism, 1882-1916 and Finding Poland: From Tavistock to Hruzdowa and back again. Anita Jean Prażmowska is the daughter of a Polish bomber pilot who came to Britain during the war. She is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a media commentator on contemporary Polish history and politics. Her books include Eastern Europe and the Origins of the Second World War, History of Poland, and Poland: A Modern History.

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