Annie Rutherford et al
The past few weeks have seen amazing goings on in Belarus. In the wake a clearly rigged election, people took to the streets - and when demonstrators and bystanders alike were detained, beaten and tortured, it prompted a fresh wave of protests, bringing hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets, in the first serious challenge to president Lukashenko’s dictatorship since he came to power 26 years ago. But the detentions and human rights violations continue.
We are honoured to host an international poetry reading, curated by the poet & translator Annie Rutherford, where writers have come together in solidarity with Belarus, to raise awareness, and hopefully some funds.
The line up includes Volha Hapeyeva, Valzhyna Mort, Kinga Toth, Shehzar Doja, Sasha Dugdale, Vahni Capildeo, Polly Atkin, Nora Gomringer and Marjorie Lotfi Gill.
This short digital poetry event, will go live at 7pm on 1 September and will be available to watch for a week. This event aims to raise money for Belarus 97, who support victims of repression with legal costs, medical treatment and other costs. https://www.belarus97.pro/eng
Please watch it here (captioning is available on the video):