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Freshta by Petra Procházková

21 - 23 NOVEMBER 2012, SHEFFIELD, OXFORD, LONDON. We’re delighted to announce three very special events to meet the award-winning Czech author Petra Procházková and her translator Julia Sherwood. On 21 and 23 November, Petra's new book Freshta will be launched in Sheffield and London respectively. On 22 November, Petra Procházková will engage in conversation with her translator Julia Sherwood in Oxford.

Petra Procházková is an award-winning Czech journalist and war correspondent, humanitarian worker and writer. Petra founded the humanitarian organization Berkat for the support of children and women in Chechnya and Afghanistan and for refugees living in the Czech Republic. In 1997 she was awarded the Ferdinand Peroutka Prize, and in 2000 the President of the Czech Republic presented her with a Medal of Merit. In 2001, the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award was bestowed on her by Madeleine Albright.

Julia Sherwood was born and grew up in Bratislava, then Czechoslovakia. She spent over twenty years working for Amnesty International. Since moving to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 2008, she has worked as a freelance translator from English, Czech, Slovak, German, Polish and Russian into Slovak and English.

More information about the book


Wednesday, 21 November, 5.30pm
Book launch of Petra Procházková’s Freshta
Address: Waterstones Sheffield
24-26 Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB
Phone: 0843 290 8586


Thursday, 22 November, 6.00pm
Petra Procházková in conversation with her translator Julia Sherwood
Address: Albion Bookstore, Oxford
34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AA
Top Shelf Jazz, Purveyors of Filthy Swing, will provide live entertainment


Friday, 23 November, 6.30pm
London book launch of
Petra Procházková’s Freshta 
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,  London EC1R 3GA
The event is free. Register here:

Welcome to Kabul: one family, countless secrets. An unforgettable evening with war correspondent and humanitarian worker, Petra Procházková, and her translator Julia Sherwood, chaired by Lucy Popescu.  The three will be in conversation about women, love, humour and life in post-Taliban Afghanistan in Freshta – Petra’s first novel translated into English.

A panel discussion will be followed by signings and a drinks reception. Top Shelf Jazz, Purveyors of Filthy Swing, will provide live entertainment.

Lucy Popescu
 is a writer, editor and arts critic with a background in literature, theatre and human rights. She worked with English PEN for over 20 years and was Director of its Writers in Prison Committee from 1991 to 2006. She continues to write about free expression, reviews books, theatre and film and volunteers as a creative writing mentor for Write to Life at Freedom from Torture (formerly the Medical Foundation). The Good Tourist, her book about human rights and ethical travel was published 2008. She also edited Body Maps, Write to Life’s 2011 anthology of refugee writing, and co-edited the PEN anthology Another Sky published in 2007.

Kindly supported by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London