Writer and poet based in Nottinghamshire, UK.
SLIDING ON THE SNOW STONE (2011)
FATE AND CIRCUMSTANCE (2017)
Published Poetry Collections:
A RIOT SHIELD FOR CHRISTMAS (2018)
IF SPIDER-MAN WERE UKRAINIAN (2019)
VEGAN POETRY (2019)
I began my performing career with Nottingham’s DIY POETS, but soon expanded my activity, and have performed in numerous UK locations, including Edinburgh, Sheffield, Lincoln and Southwell (Nottinghamshire). I have performed at festivals, including Splendour (Nottingham), the Edinburgh Fringe, Nottingham Poetry Festival and Gate to Southwell (Nottinghamshire), and I hosted the Gate to Southwell Poetry showcase and slam in 2018 and 2019.
AUSTERITY CAFÉ – An experimental fusion of political satire, fractured melodies and homegrown verse, serving up bite-sized chunks of the UK sociopolitical pie, where I am accompanied by Paul Quadros on electric guitar.
The project debuted in 2016 and ran for 2 years, including a slot at Nottingham Poetry Festival 2018. A recording is in the pipeline.
IF SPIDER-MAN WERE UKRAINIAN – A combination of narrative and poetry, recounting a Ukrainian family’s journey through 20th century history, from the sixties and seventies onwards, alongside the shadows of the past. With anecdotes, and observations on family life, history, politics and fashion. Featuring Chopper bikes, kipper ties and platform boots. And cabbage.
My Literary Journey:
SLIDING ON THE SNOW STONE is based on the true story of my father, from his childhood in Ukraine, the ravages of the Soviet induced famine (1932-33), Soviet repression in the years leading up to World War Two, and events during, and after, the war.
Writing the book was a profound experience and afterwards I found myself writing a good deal of poetry to find closure. Many of my poems found their way into anthologies and poetry magazines. I also embarked on a journey as a performance poet.
In between writing and performing poetry, I wrote FATE AND CIRCUMSTANCE, based on my mother’s true story, a tale of her family’s forced eviction from their Ukrainian Lemko home in the Carpathian Mountains, and of a family member’s heroic act during the brutality of the Nazi Holocaust.
My poetry activity has resulted in a poetry collection, A RIOT SHIELD FOR CHRISTMAS (2018), a narrative, in verse, of the Euromaidan protest in Ukraine.
In 2019, I published IF SPIDER-MAN WERE UKRAINIAN, a collection of 28 poems, all about growing up in a Ukrainian household in Britain.
And, also in 2019, I published VEGAN POETRY, a collection of 10 humorous poems, all about fruit, vegetables, and tofu.
I am currently working on BLACK RAVEN, a novel about an act of genocide by the Soviet state in my father’s home town of Vinnitsya, during the war years, exploring the motives of the men who carried out those executions.
I also perform POETRY AIRLINES – poems printed on sheets of A4, then folded into aeroplanes and thrown into an audience, and am available to facilitate this as a project.