UK Book Launch of Petra Procházková’s Freshta, 21-23 November, Sheffield, Oxford, London

We’re delighted to announce three very special events to meet our award-winning Czech author Petra Procházková and her translator Julia Sherwood.



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.

Read an interview with Petra.

Read Julia’s reflections on translating Freshta.

We would like to thank Czech Centre in London for their generous support in organising these events.


Wednesday, 21 November

Book launch of Petra Procházková’s Freshta

Waterstones Sheffield, 5.30pm

24-26 Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB

Phone: 0843 290 8586


Thursday, 22 November

Petra Procházková in conversation with her translator Julia Sherwood

Albion Bookstore, Oxford, 6.00pm

34 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AA

Top Shelf Jazz, Purveyors of Filthy Swing, will provide live entertainment.


Friday, 23 November

London book launch of Petra Procházková’s Freshta

Word Free Centre, 6.30pm

60 Farringdon Road,  London EC1R 3GA

The event is free.

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.