AMBASSADOR'S BLOG - BBC BOOK OF THE YEAR 2010

Kyiv
11.12.10




The lofty, historic hall of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy is packed with journalists, TV cameras and microphones. The occasion is the prize-giving for the BBC Ukrainian Service Book of the Year Competition.  The prize, worth £1,000, is in my pocket.  Several of the five short-listed authors are present, one via Skype from Washington.  Five distinguished commentators summarise the short-listed novels.  I then announce the winner. It is Sergiy Zhadan for his book “Voroshylovgrad”.

You can read all about the prize, and the competition, at the excellent BBC Ukrainian Service web-site.  So I won’t say much about it here. But congratulations to the BBC for organising such a successful and prestigious competition, and to all the shortlisted authors for producing such terrific and interesting work.

 

Leigh Turner
British Ambassador to Ukraine

NOTE:  You can read all of Ambassador Turner's blogs by visiting: http://blogs.fco.gov/roller/turner 



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