Svitlana Pyrkalo

Ukrainian writer, journalist and translator


Svitlana Pyrkalo (born 18 July 1976, Poltava, Ukraine) is a Ukrainian writer, journalist and translator. She graduated from the Kyiv National University, linguistics faculty, and currently lives and works in North London, United Kingdom.

Career and works

Svitlana Pyrkalo compiled and published The First Dictionary of Ukrainian Slang (Ukrainian: Перший словник українського молодіжного сленгу) consisting of 2700 entries. It since been used and quoted by other researchers.

In 1999 her first short novel Green Margarita (Ukrainian: Зелена Маргарита) was awarded 2nd place in a Smoloskyp publishers contest for young writers. Subsequently it was published by Smoloskyp in 2000 and has since been republished twice (2002, 2007) by two different publishers.

In 2000 she became editor-in-chief of a TV talk show Without Taboo (Ukrainian: Без табу) at the Ukrainian 1+1 TV channel, dedicated to unusual human stories, with elements of dramatisation.

In 2002, together with colleagues T. Vorozhko and M. Veresen, she published a book describing their TV experience, Without Taboo about “Without Taboo” (Ukrainian: Без табу про “Без Табу”) with “Zeleny Pes” publishers.

In 2004 Svitlana Pyrkalo’s second novel, Don’t Think About Red (Ukrainian: Не думай про червоне), was published by Fakt publishers, Kyіv.

In 2007 Fakt also published her collection of essays on food, travel and Ukrainian identity Egoist’s Kitchen (Ukrainian: Кухня Егоїста). In 2007 Svitlana Pyrkalo also translated into Ukrainian the novel Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka.

Currently, Svitlana Pyrkalo writes a weekly column in the Ukrainian-language magazine Glavred (Ukrainian: Главред) and as a producer-journalist for the Ukrainian-language program BBC broadcast.

She also writes a weekly column for the Ukrainian on-line newspaper, Gazeta po-ukrainsky (Ukrainian: Газета по-українськи). In 2007 these collected articles, together with 3 other authors, were published as a book by Nora-druk publishers, Kyіv.

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