Wrocław UNESCO City of Literature and former WBC, in cooperation with Sharjah UNESCO World Book Capital, starts a fund to help Ukrainian writers, translators and other people of the book. And we invite every literary community to join us in providing support.
It’s been over a month since the Russian army attacked Ukraine and the life of the country’s residents becomes more dramatic every day. Millions have fled in search of safety and shelter, leaving their lives and jobs behind, and many more – stayed to fight, volunteer or take care of their families. Many of them lost any source of income. The situation of writers, illustrators and translators, to a large extent depending on a functioning book market and literary life, is not different. They need financial support to survive these terrible times.
Wrocław Literature House, the operator of Wrocław UNESCO City of Literature, sent out an appeal for help to UNESCO Cities of Literature and World Book Capitals right after the war broke out. The response was immediate and today we are happy to say that thanks to the generous support of Sharjah UNESCO World Book Capital we can establish the Stand with Ukrainian Writers Fund. The aim of the Fund is to provide financial support for writers, translators and other people of the book who remain in Ukraine and who have lost their livelihood. The Fund will finance scholarships and/or copyright purchase. We will also closely cooperate with other Polish institutions and organizations (such as Literary Union Association and Polish Literary Translators Association), as well as Ukrainian UNESCO Cities of Literature and Ukrainian Book Institute, to recognize the needs of Ukrainian writers in the best possible way.
How to help?
You can send donations directly to our bank account:
Name: Wrocławski Dom Literatury
IBAN: PL58 1020 5226 0000 6702 0529 8189
Transfer title: Donation for Stand with Ukrainian Writers Fund
To develop the Fund, we invite first of all international literary communities to support it financially. All the money will be used to directly support authors, illustrators and translators, and – in the future – to finance translation samples of Ukrainian literature into other languages. As the situation develops, some support may be provided also for authors who escape Ukraine. We also ask all partners to actively promote Ukrainian literature among the publishers in your countries.
If you have any questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.