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SCRSS E-news No. 124 | June 2019

12th June 2019


Dear All

You might be interested in seeing the SCRSS newsletter.

Best wishes






Friday 14 June, 7pm UPDATED LISTING
My Cossack Family – And Other Remarkable People in Russia and Ukraine – Talk by Caroline Walton


What is it that attracts so many of us in the West to this part of the world? Caroline Walton talks about her new book, which describes her personal experiences, the people she has met and the Ukrainian-Russian family she married into. She has discovered in them a spiritual strength that has enabled survival of famine, war and nuclear disaster. The talk will include discussion. Caroline Walton is the author of several books on Russia and the former USSR, including The Besieged (about the siege of Leningrad). A Russian to English literary translator and editor, she helps Russian-language authors achieve publication in English (see Sirinbooks.com). Copies of her new book (My Cossack Family…) will be available for purchase at the special price of £12.00 (instead of £14.99). Cash/cheque payment only.The talk is open to both SCRSS members and non-members. Normal entrance fees apply: SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00. Pay cash on entry.




Saturday 6 July, 11am-4pm


SCRSS Saturday Library Opening


The Loan Library, which currently consists of the Literature and History collections in the basement, and the General Reference Collection/Reading Room, will be open for use by members without prior appointment. De-acquired books and a selection of donated Soviet / Russian souvenirs are always on sale. The books withdrawn from the Library are on sale at a bargain price of only 50p each. In addition to the permanent selection available in the entrance corridor, more material is set out on tables for browsing during each Saturday opening. Most titles are exact duplicates from our Literature Collection, but there are also books on history, religion, and other areas currently being sorted. Most titles are in Russian, but there are significant numbers in English. You can deal with your membership renewal or even join the SCRSS on the spot to take advantage of access to the SCRSS Loan Library. Access for members to other collections is dependent on volunteers. Please contact the Hon. Secretary in advance if there is a particular collection you wish to access.Our selection of mugs, priced at £6.50 each, and featuring striking designs from the SCRSS collections will be on sale (cash/cheques only).  






NB: SCRSS Saturday Library Openings will continue on the first Saturday of each month up to and including 7 Dec 2019. Details of any additional library openings will be announced via the e-news bulletin, and also on the SCRSS website. If sufficient volunteers come forward, it is anticipated that the loan library will be made available to members prior to evening events. Check specific event details on e-news and website.




The SCRSS centre is located at the corner of Brixton Road with Wynne Road. Nearest underground stations: Brixton (Victoria line), Oval (Northern line). Buses: 3, 59, 133, 159, 415 (Loughborough Road stop).


A Santander bike station is located next to our building. Access to the SCRSS: There are several steps from pavement level to the ground floor of the centre. A handrail runs all the way from the pavement to the front door. There is a step-free alternative via our rear entrance in Wynne Road. If you require assistance at the front, or need us to open the rear gates, then please get in touch in advance, preferably by email and, on the day, by phone – 020 7274 2282.



We recommend booking in advance, by email, for all events at the SCRSS. Check our websitefor further information about events and the Society’s collections.



BOOK: Art historian Christine Lindey, and the SCRSS Exhibitions Officer, has recently published her new book Art for All: British Socially Committed Art from the 1930s to the Cold War (Artery Publications, September 2018, Paperback, £25.00, see Artery website). Although the book focuses on British artists, many of these were influenced by the Bolshevik Revolution, some such as Rowe and Binder worked in the USSR as artists in the 1930s, while Soviet Socialist Realist theory and practice were the subject of much debate among socially committed artists and critics during the Second World War. See review in Morning Star


BOOK: Jane Rosen, former SCRSS librarian (and current volunteer) has co-edited with Kimberley Reynolds and Michael Rosen Reading and Rebellion – An anthology of radical writing for children 1900-1960(OUP, September 2018, Hardback, £25.00 – or £17.50 with promotion code AAFLYG6 for SCRSS members – see OUP website). See Morning Star interview with Michael Rosen


BOOK: New title from Cambridge Scholars Publishing – “Virginia Woolf’s Portraits of Russian Writers: Creating the Literary Other” by Darya Protopopova. The book is a study which explains the chronological and cultural paradox of how classic Russian fiction became crucial to Woolf’s vision of British modernism. For more information and an extract, see: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/virginia-woolfs-portraits-of-russian-writers. To order, contact orders@nullcambridgescholars.com. Virginia Woolf was one of the founding members in 1924 of the Society for Cultural Relations between the Peoples of the British Commonwealth and the USSR – now the SCRSS!

13 Jun | St John’s Smith Square, London | Concert featuring Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony , including pre-concert talk by Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former UK Ambassador to Russia and author of Moscow 1941. QUOTE DISCOUNT CODE “SCRSS20” FOR A 20%  MEMBER DISCOUNT!

19 -29 Jun | Vaudeville Theatre, London | Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg perform Chekhov’s Three Sisters

6-10 Jul | Warwick University | Warwick Translates Summer School(Russian tutor is SCRSS Vice President Robert Chandler)

26-30 Aug | Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge | Residential Russian Summer School  


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