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Pushkin Club programme

15th October 2005



During the course of this year's programme, it is hoped that we will finalise plans to move to a new permanent home in central London. Details will be available on our website as things progress. IN THE MEANTIME the Club will meet at two venues, Queensway and Porotbello.
Talks begin at 7.30


72 Queensborough Terrace
London W2.

Nearest undergrounds: Bayswater (District and Circle Lines), Queensway is temporarily closed.

Queensborough Terrace is off the Bayswater Road, a short walk from either underground though Queensway Underground is just a little nearer.


Inn on the Green
Portobello Fitness Centre
3 Thorpe Close
London W 10

Where talks will be illustrated with slides, film or music we will be using the Porotbello venue.
Nearest underground: Ladbroke Grove
Buses: 52, 23, 7, 70, 295
The venue is on the first floor under the Westway, between Portobello Road and Ladbroke Grove. It is open all day and provides food.

Our telephone number remains 020 7221 1981. You can also contact us by post:
Pushkin Club
c/o PO Box 31678
London W11 1YY

18 October
Robert Chandler, a reading/talk on Nadezhda Teffi (real name: Lokhvitskaya. 1872 – 1952)
Teffi was very popular both in pre-revolutionary Russia and in émigre Paris. One of the wittiest of Russian writers, she is now increasingly being republished. Her short stories are included in the recent Penguin Classics series, 'Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida', edited by Robert Chandler. Queensway

1 November
Clare Kitson, on Yuri Norstein and 'Tale of Tales': An Animator's Journey.
"Tale of Tales' fuses Norstein's memories of his past and hopes and fears for the future: his post-war childhood, and the small working class boy's longing to emerge from the dark central corridor of the kommunalka into a luminous world of art and poetry.
Clare Kitson's book examines the passage of these motifs in the film but also the officially sanctioned anti-semitism under Stalin that launched the boy on a campaign of self-education in the arts in an attempt to shake off the 'second class citizen' label. She will show and discuss the 1979 animated film.

15 November
Helen Szamuely, a talk in Russian. Who killed Stolypin? A turning point in Russian history.
Helen Szamuely is a writer, researcher and translator.
Prime Minister Stolypin was killed in 1911. His assassin was Bogrov who was both a member of the revolutionary movement and an Okhrana agent. Queensway

29 November
Gerard McBurney, ('Of days long since gone …') Pushkin, Gogol … and Shostakovich.
Gerard McBurney is a composer of mostly stage and chamber works. His opera 'The Airman's Tale' had its premiere at the War Museum in June 2005. He was worked in radio broadcasting since 1985, especially for BBC, in both English and Russian and has written and researched many documentary films, one in collaboration with Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Opera about the history of Russian music. Portobello

6 December
Catriona Kelly: Comrade Pavlik, the Rise and Fall of a Soviet Hero.
Catriona Kelly's book is the first full documented study in any language. She investigates the murder of Pavlik Morozov and the subsequent trial of the accused, but also explores how Stalin's regime turned Pavlik into a hero designed to produce good Soviet citizens. Catriona Kelly is Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. Queensway

13 December
Penelope Dimond and Josh Darcy. Scenes from a life – Maxim Gorky – a celebration.

10 January
Simon Franklin: The Mystery of the Earliest Russian Book.
Simon Franklin is Professor of Slavonic Studies at Clare College, Cambridge. He has written on Russian history and culture of all periods, but his principal research interests are medieval. Principal recent publications include: The Emergence of Rus' 750-1200 (with Jonathan Shepard; London, 1996), Writing, Society and Culture in Early Rus, c.950-1300 (Cambridge, 2002) and (with Emma Widdis) National Identity in Russian Culture: an Introduction (Cambridge, 2004). Queensway

24 January
Piers Vitebsky on the subject of his book, Reindeer People: Living with Reindeer and Spirits in Siberia.
Piers Vitebsky is the first westerner to live with Siberian reindeer people since the Russian revolution. He specialises in the anthropological study of ritual, psychology and the environment and is head of Anthropology and Northern Russian Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. Portobello

7 February
Alla Gelich: The final months and days of Pushkin's life: the myth and the facts.
Part 3 of her talk. In Russian. Queensway.

7 March
Sergey Pantsirev and Richard Mckane. An exchange of Poetries, Readings and Commentaries by the two poets who have each translated the other's works. In Russian and English. Queensway

21 March
David Brummell: The Life and Work of Fyodor Tyutchev. With readings of his poetry in Russian and English. Queensway

25 April
Stanley Mitchell on Chagall's Illustrations to Gogol's 'Dead Souls', as Essay in the Grotesque.
With slides. Portobello

9 May
Sasha Dugdale on Contemporary Russian Theatre.
Between 1995 and 2000, Sasha Dugdale lived and worked in Russia. In 1999 she initiated the Russian Theatre New Writing Project with the Royal Court, London, and currently works as a translator and consultant. Four of her translations have been staged. 'Plasticine' by Vassily Sigarev won the Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright. Queensway

23 May
Hamid Ismailov and Robert Chandler will read from and talk about Hamid Ismailov's 'The Railway Line'. Translated by Robert Chandler, this multi-faceted novel is set in Uzbekistan and will be published by Harvill in 2006. Hamid Ismailov is the head of the Central Asia and Caucasus Service at BBC World Service. Queensway

6 June
The Campaign Against Psychiatric Abuse. USSR, 1970s and Beyond?
Joint event with INDEX ON CENSORSHIP. Commentary and discussion.
Richard McKane (Chair), Judith Vidal-Hall (Index on Censorship),
Helen Bamber (The Helen Bamber Foundation for Victims of Torture),
Michael Molnar (Freud Museum), Dr Maria Volkhanskaya (formerly Leningrad. Cambridge),
Dr Max Gammon (former chair, CAPA) and special guests.

20 June
Rachel Morley on The pre-Revolutionary Films of Evgenii Bauer.
It was only in the dying days of the Soviet regime that the works of the Russian film pioneer Evgenii Bauer were rediscovered and celebrated. Before his death in 1917 he made over 80 films. A few of these were shown at the National Film Theatre some years ago, but he still remains largely unknown. Portobello

Everyone is welcome

Best wishes

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