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Scotland Russia Programme

12th August 2005

Dear All
Please find below the programme for the Scotland Russia forum.

Best wishes

SRF Programme September – December 2005
We start the new subscription year with what we hope you will agree is a varied and interesting programme. As the 60th anniversary of the end of WW2 comes to an end we have two talks on that subject. They might have been entitled “Jock’s War” and “Ivan’s War” and deal, appropriately for the Scotland-Russia Forum, with the experiences of Scots and Russian participants of the war on the Eastern Front. Sandwiched in between are talks on two aspects of the arts for which Russia is rightly renowned – ballet and literature.

Truly something for everyone – and we look forward to seeing you at all or at least some of these events.Entry to all talks, incl. liquid refreshment afterwards, is £2 for SRF members and students, £4 for others. Non-members very welcome. Venues – see below.

Thurs 15 September: Jock Dempster – Convoys to Murmansk

As a young seaman in the merchant navy Jock Dempster was part of the Allied effort to supply Russia during the Second World War. Sailing from Loch Ewe, and latterly the Clyde, they brought food and military supplies through the treacherous Arctic to a Russia which was being overrun by the Nazi invaders. About 3000 merchant navy and Royal Navy men perished. Jock and a fellow member of the Russian Convoy Club will try to give the Forum some idea of what it was like.

7.30pm English Speaking Union, 23 Atholl Crescent (Basement), Edinburgh.

Thurs 27 October: Agnes Ness – From Glazunov to Glasgow

Dance historian Agnes Ness will talk about Scottish Ballet’s Russian connections – Galina Samsova, Galina Mezentseva, the choreographer Oleg Vinogradov and the dancer Irek Mukhamedov. Her talk will be copiously illustrated with music and video.

7.30pm, venue tba

Fri 18 November: Bob Porter – Reading myself and others: thoughts on Russian writing today

Prof. Porter is the author of Russia's Alternative Prose (1994), Four Contemporary Russian Writers (1992) and other studies of contemporary Russian literature. A note on the Glasgow University website, where until very recently he held the Chair of Slavonic Languages and Literatures, says that “he is anxious to encourage students to keep abreast of literary and cultural developments”. We have invited him to encourage Forum members to do likewise.

7.30pm, venue tba

Thurs 8 December: Catherine Merridale – Why did Ivan fight? Red Army soldiers in World War 2

Prof. Merridale was recently appointed to the Chair of Contemporary History at Queen Mary College (University of London). A specialist in 20C Russian history she is particularly interested in social and cultural history and the history of violence. She will talk about her new book Ivan's War: The Red Army 1941-45 (Faber, Oct 2005), a social history with the soldiers' own moving and terrible stories based on their letters, diaries and oral testimony. A previous book, Night of Stone (2000), won the Heinemann Award for Literature and was runner-up for the Samuel Johnson and Hamner Prizes.

7.30pm, venue tba



Demarco Rocket Venue – Roxy Art Theatre

August 14, 28 and 29 at 13.10-14.15

The play explores the life of Marina Tsvetayeva – one of the greatest poets of the 20th century – in parallel with the heroine of her play Phaedra , based on a famous myth and premiered by Zercalo earlier this year. Events in Tsvetayeva’s life are acted out whilst the story of Phaedra unfolds on screen. The play seeks to bring together reality and fiction, English and Russian, tragedy and humour. (In English)

Tickets – £6 (£4 conc)


SCRSS Russian Information Guide 2005-2006

Publication date: 15 August 2005
36 pages, Paperback
Price to SCRSS members: £4.50 (plus 40p postage and packing)
Price to non-members: £4.95 (plus 40p postage and packing)

To buy a copy, please send a cheque made payable to 'SCRSS' to: Society for Co-operation in Russian & Soviet Studies
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The new edition of our handy reference guide to all things Russian is hot off the press! This invaluable guide includes listings for:
– Learning Russian language: part-time classes in the UK, short courses in the UK, study in Russia, textbooks and self study
– Russian language services: language associations, teachers, translators and interpreters
– Book and journal publishers, booksellers and the media
– Russian Federation websites (English and Russian language): art galleries and museums, Russian Government, online newspapers and journals, travel, TV, radio and film
– Embassies of the former Soviet Union in the UK
– Libraries and archives
– Friendship and cultural societies
– Charities and trusts
– Arts and culture
– Food and drink
– Travel
– Business and commercial organisations
The guide also includes a feature article by film historian John Riley: 'Exploring Russian film: past and present'.

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