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Hanna Komar on 'Poetry as an act of Resistance' (Belarusian)
Episode 1548th June 2024 • Harshaneeyam • Harshaneeyam
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Our Guest for today, Hanna Komar, is an accomplished Belarusian poet and writer who has translated her work into English.

She holds an MA in Creative Writing: Writing the City from the University of Westminster and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Brighton. Her research focuses on how poetry can empower Belarusian women to share their experiences of gender-based violence and patriarchy.

Hanna’s poetic work is a powerful testament to the experiences of girls and young women in a patriarchal authoritarian country. Her published works, including the collections “Страх вышыні” [Fear of Heights], “Мы вернемся” [We’ll Return], and “Вызвалі або бяжы” [Set Me Free or Run], as well as the bilingual collections Recycled and Ribwort and the non-fiction book "Калі я выйду на волю" [When I'm Out of Here], resonate with readers, offering a voice to those who have been silenced.

Her work has been translated into Polish, Ukrainian, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Czech, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Danish and Russian.

A member of PEN Belarus and an honorary member of English PEN, she is the Freedom of Speech 2020 Prize laureate from the Norwegian Authors’ Union.

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