Hay Festival Wales 2023 : Meet Me on June 2

I’m delighted to share that I will be participating in Hay Festival Wales 2023. The program is now live at hayfestival.org/wales.

Friday 2 June 2023, 5.30pm
Event 298 Victoria Belim and Kevin Jared Hosein in conversation with Rosie Goldsmith
I recently read Hosein’s novel Hungry Ghosts and it moved and impressed me, so I look forward to our conversation.

I will also participate in Passa Porta Festival in Brussels on March 26th, when Oksana Zabuzhko and I will meet for a conversation. If you are in Brussels, I hope to meet you there. For my other book news, please take a look at The Rooster House book page.

In other news, I made the cover of The Bookseller magazine last month. I spoke with Caroline Sanderson about The Rooster House, Ukraine and yearning for home. Our interview is included in the issue.

“A Wild Swans for Ukraine is how I’ve come to think of The Rooster House: A Ukrainian Family Memoir by Victoria Belim. An enthralling richly-layered story told across four generations, it’s a major 2023 title for Virago, was one of the most talked-about books at London Book Fair 2022 and is set to be published in 16 languages. It powerfully illuminates the context of the current conflict in Ukraine but goes beyond it too in reflecting on culture and art, geography and language and how they influence the complexities of who we are.” Victoria Belim in conversation about her memoir, a history of her family’s past and a celebration of Ukrainian identity



  • Zuzanna: Your book will be published in Poland next month! I’m so glad!!!
    And I wish I could come to Brussels (unfortunately, it’s impossible). You and Oksana Z., two wonderful women! It will be a fascinating conversation, I’m sure. March 17, 2023 at 9:30am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! I look forward to seeing the Polish version. March 18, 2023 at 5:20am Reply

  • Klaas: OMG, Victoria, this is SO EXCITING! Congratulations!!! We all know what an incredibly gifted writer you are from your wonderful posts, but this novel is bringing your writing to a whole new level!! I can’t wait to read your book and I wish you all the success in the world. I also hope this book will benefit your country somehow in these trying times…..energy flows in mysterious ways…….. March 17, 2023 at 9:41am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your kind words. I hope that you enjoy my book. March 18, 2023 at 6:09am Reply

  • Kim: Dear Victoria, How wonderful that you are receiving the recognition you so deserve. Am looking forward to reading The Rooster House. I could not have wished for a better guide re: the Ukraine and its culture. Kind regards March 17, 2023 at 10:59am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much. It’s my pleasure to share about my country, which I re-discovered for myself while writing the book. March 18, 2023 at 6:10am Reply

  • Filomena: Your new book sounds wonderful and you look as beautiful as ever. I hope I will have the chance to purchase your book. March 17, 2023 at 11:07am Reply

  • Gabriela: Congratulations, Victoria! Your book sounds very interesting and you look beautiful. You must be so excited, celebrate it! March 17, 2023 at 2:13pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you! It’s exciting and stressful in equal measure, I must say. March 18, 2023 at 6:11am Reply

  • Aurora: What wonderful news about your book. I already told my local bookstore here in the UK that I will purchase it as soon as it is published, not long now, I’m so excited. You are getting wonderful reviews, all best wishes for the events you are participating in. And you are now a cover girl and looking lovely. March 17, 2023 at 2:29pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! How kind of you. I hope that you enjoy my story. March 18, 2023 at 6:11am Reply

  • Nose Prose: Congratulations! I just pre-ordered a copy of your memoir and look forward to its arrival in the summer. I hope the momentum of your work grows as more people learn about Ukrainian history and culture. March 17, 2023 at 3:04pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much. Very much appreciate that you pre-ordered. This helps authors a lot. March 18, 2023 at 6:12am Reply

  • KarenA: Congratulations! So happy your book has been getting terrific coverage and a wonderful reception. March 18, 2023 at 11:15am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Karen! March 18, 2023 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Amy Maloney: Congratulations, Victoria! I love this festival so much, and have gone many times. I won’t make it this year, but my Welsh friends will. I’ve told them to look out for you!
    Can’t wait to read the book. March 20, 2023 at 10:10pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Amy. I’m thrilled to be participating this year. March 21, 2023 at 5:08am Reply

  • Silvermoon: Congratulations!!! No surprise for Bois de Jasmine readers to know how beautifully you write. 😊

    You must be so excited about all the wonderful opportunities to discuss your book and help people know more about your country.

    I am trying to figure out how to get to Hay Festival this year and am hoping my daughter can get time off work so she can drive me there (I don’t drive). I hope to come to your session and would love to hear you speak. I plan to buy and read your book before coming. March 27, 2023 at 6:53am Reply

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