Wednesday 16 September 2020 to Sunday 20 September 2020

From 16 to 20 September, Lviv International BookForum will be held online for the first time. The programme includes 137 events featuring Ukrainian authors and 23 foreign participants.The focus of this year's festival is "Population Census: To Know Who We Are".

All events of 27 BookForum are free of charge. Online broadcasting will be held on website.

There will be two events with writer Jarrett Keith with the support of the British Council and the International Literature Showcase and conversation with author Nikita Lalwani in partnership with the British Council.


Keith Jarrett is a poet and performer from the United Kingdom, British poetry slam champion. One of Val McDermid’s ten selected LGBTQI+ writers for the International Literature Showcase.

He is the author of two books of poetry, participated in performances in various locations around the UK – from art institutions to the Houses of Parliament, as well as events in Spain, Uganda and Brazil. 

Keith's play "Safest Spot in Town" aired on BBC Four. Jarrett is currently a PhD scholar at Birkbeck University, where he is completing his first novel.

At the 27th Bookforum, Keith Jarrett will take part in two events:

  • What do you know about Zoom performances?

19 September, Saturday, 15:00 – 16:00 Kyiv Time

During the online event, Keith Jarrett will discuss new performance formats with Ukrainian writer and translator Haska Shyyan.

The online broadcast will be available on website.

  • The Night of Poetry and Music 

19-20 September, Saturday-Sunday, 21:00 – 02:00 Kyiv Time

Once again, the Night of Poetry and Music will take place within the framework of the Lviv International BookForum, and this time everyone will be able to join it. Poets Keith Jarrett, Helen Ivory, Tania Haberland, Deborah Vukusic, singer Anastasia Shevchenko (Stasik), "Kurs Valüt", "Ofliyan" and "The Unsleeping" groups will be performing online.

The online broadcast will be available on website.


Nikita Lalwani is a British writer born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. Her first novel “Gifted” was longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. She was also nominated for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award. In 2020, Nikita Lalwani published her second novel “You People”.

During Lviv International BookForum online, Nikita Lalwani will take part in one event:

  • Conversation with Nikita Lalwani

20 September, Sunday, 15:00 – 16:00 Kyiv Time

Nikita Lalwani will join the conversation with Ukrainian journalist Andrii Bashtovyi.

The online broadcast will be available on website.


The International Literature Showcase is a partnership between the National Centre for Writing and the British Council. It aims to showcase amazing writers based in the UK to programmers, publishers and teachers of literature in English around the world. To do so, we have invited five leading writers to each curate a showcase of themed writing coming out of the UK today.