Personal stories from the World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster
To commemorate the 35th Anniversary Chernobyl Children’s Project has worked with Nuclear Free Local Authorities, Greater Manchester CND and Beyond Nuclear International to create an exciting event on Zoom for the eve of the Chernobyl Anniversary.
We will bring together a historian who wrote a brilliantly researched account of the health effects of the disaster; a novelist who explored the impact of Chernobyl on the lives of local people; CCP’s own Director who will talk about the humanitarian response; and the wonderful actor Maxine Peake who will read some moving exerts of personal testimony from some of those most affected. They will all be in conversation with a journalist and anti-nuclear specialist from the US and there will be a chance for the audience to ask questions
You can register here on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-with-chernobyl-personal-stories-tickets-148769279921
About this Event
A lived experience; a lyrical novel; a page-turning historical record; and a humanitarian response. What was it like to live through the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, or to deal with its health and environmental legacy 35 years on?
We look at how these stories are told — as documentary testimonials, as imagined through a novel, as investigated historically, and as lived by children and their families in Belarus.
The event features a moderated round table discussion with guests, followed by an audience Q&A.
- Maxine Peake, reading excerpts from Svetlana Alexeivich’s Nobel Prize winning Oral History ‘Chernobyl Prayer / Voices from Chernobyl’. Peake is an English stage, film and television actor known for Dinnerladies, Shameless and Silk. The reading is part of a simultaneous public reading by women around the world.
- Kate Brown, Author of ‘Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future’. Brown is a Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Darragh McKeon, Author of the novel ‘All that is Solid Melts into Air’. McKeon is an Irish writer and theatre director based in County Clare, Ireland.
- Linda Walker, Executive Director of Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK).
In conversation with Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear (US)
Q&A moderated by Jacqui Burke, Greater Manchester & District CND (UK)
Here is the link to Eventbrite where you can register for this important event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-with-chernobyl-personal-stories-tickets-148769279921