Joely Richardson to Narrate ‘Moon in Kiev’ Ahead of Ukraine War Day

Joely Richardson
Joely Richardson

British actress Joely Richardson stars in Save the Children short film containing dozens of ‘haunting’ lyrics to raise money for children in Ukraine one year after conflict Read a poem from a year ago.

Richardson, 58, talks about sharing humanity in Italian poet Gianni Rodari’s The Moon in Kiev.

Written in 1955, the poem spread in Italy days after last year’s Russian invasion of Ukraine and became a symbol of a call for peace.

It was later reborn as a picture book with poignant illustrations by Italian artist Beatrice Alemagna and printed for free by children’s publisher Walker Books.

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Kiev moon picture book (Beatrice Alemagna/Walker Books/PA)

All profits from this book will go to the Save the Children foundation, which helps children directly affected by the war in Ukraine.

Charity’s British Ambassador Richardson recently starred in Lady Chatterley’s Lover and said of the two-minute film that opens Thursday: Narrate beautiful new animations for The Moon Of Kyiv.

“Although first written over 70 years ago, the words are still hauntingly relevant. 100% of the profits from the sale of the book will help children affected by conflict. will be donated to Save The Children.”

Renowned author Sir Michael Morpurgo, best known for his children’s novels such as 1982’s War Horse, said: Through war, live through peace. ”

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The Moon in Kiev, a poem about humanity, was written in 1955 by the Italian poet Gianni Rodari (Beatrice Alemagna/Walker Books/PA).

British author and illustrator Lauren Child, best known for her television adaptation of the Charlie and Laura book series, said: On the other hand, novelist Maggie O’Farrell of After You’d Gone called it “a gorgeous and timely book about compassion and connection.”

Eoin Colfer, best known for Artemis Fowl’s book series, says:

Rodari worked as a teacher and journalist, then wrote children’s books, and had a very successful career that lasted until his death in 1980.

Alemagna is the author and illustrator of over 30 children’s books, including The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy, ​​On A Magical Do-Nothing Day, and Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever.

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