Jen Stout

Jen Stout is a correspondent, writer and radio producer from Shetland. A former BBC Scotland journalist, she left Russia at the outbreak of the invasion and moved to Romania and then Ukraine, covering the war as a freelancer. She has written regularly for the Sunday Post, London Review of Books, and most recently, New Humanist and Prospect. Her radio work includes From Our Own Correspondent, Any Questions (Radio 4), and BBC World Service.

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Night Train to Odesa: Covering the Cost of Russia’s War

Polygon, Spring 2024

When Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, millions of lives changed in an instant. Millions of people were suddenly on the move. In this great flow of people was a reporter from Shetland. Jen Stout left Moscow abruptly, ending up on a border post in southeast Romania, from where she began to cover the human cost of Russian aggression. Her first-hand, vivid reporting as she travelled alone, hauling around body armour, brought the war to audiences back home, as she reported from front lines and cities across Ukraine. Stories from the night trains, birthday parties, military hospitals and bunkers: stories from the ground, from a writer with a deep sense of empathy, always seeking to understand the bigger picture, the big questions of identity, history, hopes and fears in this war in Europe.

Praise for Night Train to Odesa

“Jen Stout’s heart-seizing account of Ukraine at war brings us that nation’s living presence like no other book. She puts across not just the tragedy but the astonishing vigour and colour of a people determined to live generously and joyfully under bombardment. Night Train is three-dimensional: Jen Stout’s book is not just a report of darkened cities and piteous survivors, but a highly personal journal of one young Scot’s first experiences of war. As a freelance journalist, speaking Russian and learning Ukrainian, she found vivid friendships near the front line and in Ukraine’s magnificent battered but majestic cities. Not all of those friends survived. It’s not just Jen’s reporting but the way she chronicles her own turbulent feelings which make Night Train to Odesa so moving and unforgettable.”-Neal Ascherson