Ulvia Akhundova

Azerbaijan

Poet


Ulvia Akhundova is a script-writer, poet, translator. She graduated from Paris I University (Panthéon- – Sorbonne) with a degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. Her master’s thesis was exploring security issues in the South Caucasus. Ulvia currently works as the Head of Public Programs at YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, where she oversees projects related to music, literature, theatre and cinematography. She has over 7 years experience working in the arts and reaching out to different audiences. Ulvia Akhundova translated from French to Russian “Les Jours Caucasiens” and “Les Jours Parisiens” (Caucasian Days/ Parisian Days), the most acclaimed books Banine (pen name of Umm-El-Banu Asadullayeva, the first female novelist of Azerbaijani descent. The translation was published by AzerNeshr Publishing House in 2005, the same year as Ulvia started working as a personal assistant to Rustam Ibragimbekov, writer and dramatist, the chair of the Cinematographers' Union of Azerbaijan and director of the Ibrus Theatre. Never-ending process of learning continued at the International Film School in Baku, where Ulvia studied script-writing and film directing between 2008-2010. In 2016, Ulvia released Breathe, her first collection of short stories and poems.