Anna Reid

Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine

Wigtown Parish Church
Wed 28 Sep
15:00 UK

When Anna Reid published Borderland in 2015, she prophetically wrote, 'we in the West should be very clear with ourselves. If we let Russia wreck Ukraine - if we are feeling too poor, anxious, or distracted to fight Ukraine’s corner - we will not only be undermining our own security, but betraying 46 million fellow Europeans.'

When Putin launched his war on Ukraine, Reid was one of the first people the news stations called. Now she joins us to talk about the besieged country and the dreadful cultural losses war is wreaking. Ukraine was the centre of the first great Slav civilisation in the 10th century, with influences from a variety of cultures as well as its own rich folk traditions. It has sustained this cultural identity through centuries of foreign rule. Combining history, travel-writing, and cultural observation, this is sure to be a timely and moving conversation.

About the Author

Anna Reid read law at Magdalen College, Oxford, and took a master’s degree in Russian history and reform economics from London University’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She lived in Ukraine from 1993 to 1995 where she was the Kiev correspondent for The Economist and The Daily Telegraph.

Copies of Anna Reid's book Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine are available here.