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Scotland-Russia Forum Autumn Programme

5th June 2003

Programme September to December 2003

25 September Paul Dukes – 1553-2003: 450 years of Russo-British
It is 450 years since Richard Chancellor, more or less accidentally,
visited the Russia of Ivan the Terrible – and drowned off the Fife coast
on his return three years later. Paul Dukes, Emeritus Professor of
History at Aberdeen University and author of a number of books on Russian
history, will trace the development of Russo-British relations since that

23 October Tim Binyon – Pushkin
Dr Binyon’s recent biography of Russia’s greatest poet was shortlisted for
this year’s prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. One critic
described it as “poignant, brisk and at times downright funny: the best
possible tribute to the changeable and elusively fascinating character of
its subject” (Guardian). Dr Binyon lectures in Russian literature at
Wadham College, Oxford. Joint event with Thins bookshop. Copies of
“Pushkin”, HarperCollins 2002 (paperback 15 Sept. 2003) will be available.

6 November Dr Peter Semple – In Wylie’s footsteps: working with
Russian doctors in St. Petersburg. How the SRF can help. Dr. Semple,
consultant physician at Inverclyde Royal Hospital, will talk about the
work of the St. Petersburg Charity Forum which he set up with a small
number of likeminded professionals from both Scotland and Russia, and the
inspiration he received from Dr. James Wylie’s work in Russia (1790-1854).

18 November Alexandra Tolstoy and Shamil – The Last Secrets of the
Silk Road Expedition on horse and camel by four young British women along
the 5000 mile route of the ancient Silk Road. One of the four, Alexandra
Tolstoy (a graduate of Edinburgh University Russian Dept.), has described
the journey in a recent book. She will be accompanied in Edinburgh by
Shamil, expert horseman and the expedition’s guide in Central Asia. Joint
event with Thins bookshop. Copies of “The Last Secrets of the Silk Road”,
Profile Books 2003, will be available.

KRUZHOK: an informal discussion group held on the 2nd Monday of each month

Mon 8 Sept Kastalsky and Russian church music, led by Svetlana Zvereva
(in English)

Mon 13 Oct Impressions of Russians and Russia, led by John Bowles (in

Mon 10 Nov Chekhov’s stories, led by Neville Long (in English)

Mon 8 Dec Contemporary Russian writers, led by Jenny Carr (in Russian)

Next year: topics volunteered so far include Ballet Russe and Russian
arts and crafts

FILMS: to be screened monthly from September

All events start at 7 p.m.. Further details: 0131 662 9149 or

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