Ukraine: Remember Also Me – Testimonies from the War

6 – 7pm

The Lit & Phil

An evening with George Butler, reportage artist.

George Butler is an award-winning illustrator but has reinvented the role of the Artist Reporter drawing conflict zones, climate issues, humanitarian crisis and social issues for the news.

While reporting on the war in Ukraine in 2022 and 2023, he created striking illustrations – in pen, ink and watercolour – and reporting to introduce us to the people behind the headlines. His drawings, made in situ, of people and places in Ukraine, in underground shelters in the Kharkiv metro, hospitals and bombed out streets and homes, vividly capture stories of family, tragedy and perseverance. 

Over the last 15 years Butler has been commissioned to offer a deliberately slow alternative to the headlines. He attaches his drawings to the personal testimonies of those that he meets and records their resolve and resilience alongside the vulnerability of their situations. This has included in a Leprosy Clinic in Nepal, a militia in Yemen, the Mass Graves in Bucha, a caesarean-section in Afghanistan, the artisanal oil fields of Myanmar and most recently for the Guardian documenting the aftermath of the Earthquake in Turkey and Syria. (22/2/23)

George Butler will be signing his new book Ukraine: Remember Also Me after the talk.

“George Butler is in the front rank of chroniclers of our troubled times. His work shows the power of paper and ink in the digital age.” Jeremy Bowen, BBC correspondent

23 Westgate Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

17 June 2024


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  • Mon 6 – 7pm
  • Wheelchair lift to entrance door
  • Stairlift to main library (press bell marked 'Friedland')
  • Level floor to main library
  • Magnifying glasses and some large-print books available
  • Level access to female toilets
  • No step-free access to male toilets
  • No step-free access to gallery level (sheet music collection)
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