Boswell Book Festival: Jen Stout

Sun, May 12, 2024, 5:00 PM

Dumfries House, Ayrshire


When Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, millions of lives changed in an instant: people were suddenly on the move and in this great flow of people was a journalist from Shetland. Jen Stout left Moscow abruptly, ending up on a border post in southeast Romania, from where she began to cover the human cost of Russian aggression. Working alone, her firsthand, vivid reporting brought the war in cities across Ukraine, first Odesa, then Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Kyiv and Donbas home to readers in Scotland.

A writer always seeking to understand the bigger picture of the history, hopes and fears in this war in Europe, in her first book Night Train to Odesa she brings to life stories from those on the ground, from those enduring and surviving the daily catastrophe of the conflict, from the night trains, birthday parties, military hospitals and bunkers.


“A storyteller of supreme gifts….I am in awe of her resourcefulness and courage” – Fergal Keane


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Sunday 12 May 2024
Dumfries House, Ayrshire. United Kingdom