A Ukrainian author whose brother was killed in combat will take part in a fundraising event in Richmond.
Ukrainian-born Dr Olesya Khromeychuk, a historian, lecturer and author will be in conversation with Peter Barron MBE, former editor of The Northern Echo and Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham.
The focus of the evening will be on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and what the war has done to the fabric of the country and its citizens.
Dr Khromeychuk has written a poignant book, The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister, about the fight for Ukraine’s sovereignty through the personal account of her own brother’s death.
Killed in action as he served in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Volodya Pavliv died on the frontline in eastern Ukraine in 2017.
As Olesya tries to come to terms with losing him, she also tries to process the Russian invasion of Ukraine as an immigrant living far from the frontline, as a historian of war, and as a woman, a civilian, and a sister.
Signed copies of Dr Khromeychuk’s book will be available to purchase on the night.
The event on May 13 at Influence Church has been organised by the Richmond Walking and Book Festival and the Richmondshire Refugee Support Group.
The money raised will be shared between the Richmondshire Refugee Group’s appeal – Power to Ukraine – which is shipping generators to communities across the country and the Ukrainian Institute Charity in London.
Tickets are available for a minimum donation of £20 and can be purchased via the Walking and Book Festival website at here or Richmond Information Centre in the Market Hall.