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Scotland Russia Forum

26th September 2005

Dear All
From the Scotland Russia Forum.

Best wishes
Ute

Final details of the rest of our Autumn programme – please note changes of venue etc

SRF Programme October – December 2005

Thurs 27 October: Agnes Ness – From Glazunov to Glasgow

(Joint meeting with Edinburgh University, Russian Dept)

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 Cinema Room, 19 George Sq, Edinburgh (basement)

NB: No charge for this meeting (and no refreshments). Come in good time – latecomers may not find a seat. Phone 0131 662 9149 if you have any queries.

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 Prince’s Suite, Royal Over-Seas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 3AB

Entry £2 for SRF members and students, £4 for others.

Non-members very welcome and everyone is warmly invited to stay for refreshments and conversation after the talk.

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 Teviot Row House (Edinburgh University Students’ Union), Bristo Square, Edinburgh. The Dining Room (1st floor).

Entry £2 for SRF members and students, £4 for others.

Non-members very welcome and everyone is warmly invited to stay for refreshments and conversation after the talk.

Welcome to new members! Our new subscription year began this month and we are delighted that so many existing members have joined up again – and that we already have several new recruits.

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RUSSIAN FILMS IN EDINBURGH
The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road EH3 9BZ
Box Office 0131 228 2688, Recorded programme info 0131 228 2689
As the excellent Eisenstein week comes to an end there are 2 new programmes in the wings. All subtitled.

1)
Khrzhanovsky's "4" (2004) began 23 Sept and runs until Thurs 29:
The Filmhouse programme description:
Indescribable, unclassifiable: 'this jaw-dropping whatsit' (the Village Voice). Written by the enfant terrible of contemporary Russian literature, novelist/playwright Vladimir Sorokin. Winner of the top prize at Rotterdam this year, Ilya Khrzhanovsky's debut feature hardly lacks for ambition, encompassing as it does everything from numerology and the decline of Russia's agrarian communities, to human cloning and the genetic manipulation of livestock. By turns funny, scary and just plain weird, it's a bold and grandiose vision, from its shattering opening (easily the best first scene of the year) to its enigmatic conclusion, which is guaranteed to haunt viewers for weeks and months afterward. Simply put, this defies synopsis: it
must be experienced.

And for something entirely different:

2)
Russian films (subtitled) at the HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN Festival in October:

The Snow Queen (Snezhnaya Koroleva), 1966, 1pm on Sun 23 Oct
and

Princess and the Pea (Printsessa na goroshinne), 1976, on Sat 29 Oct , 1pm.

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Students at Edinburgh and Glasgow universities have asked us to find Russian speakers who might offer conversation in return for a small fee OR English practice. If you can help please email [removed] and I will forward your details.

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The Edinburgh conversation group is up and running and ready to start chatting – 7.30pm on Wed 28 Sep. If you would like to join them please email Tom on [removed] for more details.

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CHRISTMAS CARDS (with apologies for mentioning this so early)

We have had details of 2 Russia-supporting Xmas cards so far.
(1) ARCC (AID TO RUSSIA AND THE REPUBLICS): www.christmas-cards.org.uk/aidrussia
ARCC work with disadvantaged children in Russia and some of the republics of the former Soviet Union. More information on www.arrc.org.uk or contact Gillian Mahers (Cards / gifts administrator) on [removed]

(2) AMUR: details on www.amur.org.uk
AMUR is an Anglo Russian charity created to further conservation efforts for Amur (Siberian) tigers and leopards, whose habitat is the Russian Far East – two of the most endangered big cats on the planet. AMUR works with scientists, government officials and other wildlife conservation organisations.
Cards can be purchased in the following ways –
1. Pack of 10 cards (5 of each design) plain inside for your own message – £6 for pack of 10 cards
2. One design or other (or mixed) overprinted inside with a message personalised from you or your company – £65 for 50 cards
To order or for more information please contact Sharon Miller on [removed] / tel. 01225 851 251

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