Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Book Launch: Fowl Eulogies Translated by Daria Chernysheva

30 June 2023, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

fowl eulogies book cover

Join French author Lucie Rico and translator Daria Chernysheva in celebrating the recent release of the novel Fowl Eulogies in English.

This event is free.

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All | UCL staff | UCL students






Institute of Advanced Studies


Common Ground, G11
Ground Floor, South Wing, UCL, Gower Street,
United Kingdom

A brief reading by the author and translator will be followed by a roundtable discussion about literary translation with the participation of Margot Colella and Yue Liu. Colella and Liu are MA students in Translation Studies at the UCL Centre for Translation Studies (CenTras).  

Upon her mother’s death, Paule Rojas, a vegetarian city-dweller, returns to the chicken farm where she grew up. Pressured to fulfil her mother’s last request, Paule rediscovers pleasure and meaning in running the old family business. Yet, eager to bring something of herself to a family tradition, Paule embarks on increasingly intricate ways of helping the chickens to self-actualize before their deaths. She records the chickens’ life stories, adding them to the labels that decorate the vacuum-packed meat sent off to market—an individual biography for every chicken. But not all runs smooth in her childhood village; Paule finds she has few friends and many enemies. She is forced to spread her wings, relocate her livestock, and oversee the construction of an urban farm of never-before-seen practices and proportions.


About the Speakers

Daria Chernysheva

Daria Chernysheva translates from Russian and French. She completed her MA in Translation Studies at the University of Warwick on a Fulbright Scholarship, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Creative Critical Writing at University College London. She was a recipient of the 2019 French Voices Award for excellence in translation. Her work has appeared in the Brooklyn RailTriple CanopyAzonaL, Comparative Drama, and Tether’s End.

Lucie Rico

Lucie Rico is an author, screenwriter, and director hailing from Perpignan in the South of France, and currently based in Paris. She worked for several years in publishing and online media before devoting herself to writing for the page and the screen. She has directed various series and short films and written feature films. In addition, she is an associate professor in creative writing at the University of Clermont Auvergne. Fowl Eulogies, awarded both the Ecology Prize and the Cheval Blanc Literary Award, is her first novel.