The times we live in offer no escape from politics and the rights of women and LGBTQ+ people in Poland have been rapidly deteriorating under the current right-wing, populist government. Continued attacks and attempts to curb rights and freedoms – such as a near-total ban on abortion and local authorities proclaiming “LGBTQ+-free zones” – have resulted in protests, marches and arrests of those who are being silenced and marginalised.
But how has this upheaval impacted literature?
Has there been an artistic response?
In this event, Polish-born, London-based writer Agnieszka Dale and Warsaw-based Sylwia Chutnik will discuss the current climate in Poland, and trace back some of the intricate connections between Poland and Essex as a hub of dissidence and activism.