Congratulations to Ukrainian-Austrailian author Lesa Melnyczuk, PhD for being the 2019 The Independent Publisher Book Award gold medal recipient

Congratulations to Ukrainian-Austrailian author Lesa Melnyczuk, PhD for being the 2019 The Independent Publisher Book Award gold medal recipient

Congratulations to Ukrainian-Austrailian author Lesa Melnyczuk, PhD for being the 2019 The Independent Publisher Book Award (the “IPPYs”) gold medal recipient for her book Holodomor: Silenced Voices of the Starved Children in the European region, non-fiction category. 

A collection of forty stories told from first-hand experiences of the Ukrainian terror-famine of 1932-33 by survivors who later migrated to Western Australia, Holodomor: Silenced Voices of the Starved Children is edited by Lesa Melnyczuk-Morgan, PhD and Philip Webster, and published by Carina Hoang Communications (Subiago, Western Australia).

Documentary «Human with a Stool» goes on a tour across the cities of the US

Documentary «Human with a Stool» goes on a tour across the cities of the US

«Human with a Stool» – an adventure documentary film about the last trip of a traveler and director Leonid Kanter. In 2004, in the casual Kyiv apartment, a group of film students came up with a simple but insane adventure «With a stool to the ocean»: to bring four wooden stools to the shores of four oceans.

The film documents the final, fourth trip to the Pacific Ocean, which lasted a year. Leonid recorded everything that surrounded him, and turned his life into cinema. Having returned to Ukraine travelers were met with war.

The documentary «Human with a Stool» should have been a manifesto for eternally strong human dreams and its powerful actions toward them. However, life itself changed the scenario.

Today, February 25, we celebrate the life and art of Lesya Ukrainka (1871-1913)

Today, February 25, we celebrate the life and art of Lesya Ukrainka (1871-1913)

Today we celebrate the life and art of Lesya Ukrainka who was the foremost woman writer in Ukrainian literature and a leading figure in its modernist movement. She was also known as an activist for the advancement of political, civil and women’s rights.

The daughter of intellectuals, Lesya Ukrainka had a number of influential people to mentor her from a young age. Her mother, Olha Drahomanova-Kosach, was better known by her penname Olena Pchilka, and was a publisher, writer, interpreter and civil activist, and her mother’s brother (Lesya’s uncle) was renowned scientist, philosopher, historian and public figure, Mykhaylo Drahomanov. Lesya’s father, Petro Kosach, was a strong advocate for the progress of Ukrainian culture, providing financial support for publishing Ukrainian literature. Her brother, Mykhaylo, also gained recognition in the literary world where he was known by the penname of Mykhaylo Obachny.