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People of Steel

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Shevchenko Talks


a collection of Ukrainian poetry about people’s fates and destinies

Saturday, February 17, 2024, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Shevchenko Museum, 1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto

This event will be conducted in the Ukrainian language.


“People of Steel” is a collection of poetry about people’s fates and destinies; about those women whose close and loved ones were defending the City of Mariupol and the Azovstal Plant at the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine; whose close and loved ones took upon themselves one of the most difficult, dangerous and crucial battles for Ukraine’s survival in the spring of 2022.

“People of Steel” uses poetry to tell the stories of The Protectresses – the gentle, vulnerable, sensitive yet extraordinarily brave and strong women, whose lives are forever connected to those of the Men of Steel from the Azov Regiment. 

The anthology comprises a selection of poems by Oksana Gurska and five other poets, together with stories of two families whose lives are interconnected with Mariupol and Azovstal.

Although none of the contributors is a professional poet, their poems convey so many powerful thoughts and profound feelings that it is impossible not to be moved.    

The book launch will take place February 17, 2024, at the Shevchenko Museum in Toronto. Oksana Gurska will describe the book’s creation which is inextricably linked to her own life story. She will also read her own poems inspired by her thoughts and feelings regarding Russia’s war on Ukraine; by evacuation from her home city of Kyiv and her return; and by her relentless fight for the release of her husband, who has been imprisoned by Russian authorities since May, 2022.

Anthology “People of Steel” is a joint, international Canadian – Ukrainian project. The book was published on November 1, 2023. All profits obtained from the book sales will be used for the rehabilitation of liberated Ukrainian prisoners of war and for support of their families. UKRAINE WILL WIN.

As space is limited we ask you to register.