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11 May 2016
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Don't forget - two SRF talks this month
  • Friday 13 May - Colin Souness "Working on a Russian icebreaker in the Arctic".  7.30pm, Lecture theatre 183, Old College, South Bridge, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9YL.  Tickets available at the door - £8.  In partnership with the RSGS and Edinburgh University.
  • Thursday 26 May:  Steven Main and Catherine Booth "Secret histories in Edinburgh and Shrivenham – Soviet / Russian Military Studies and the Cold War". 6-7pm, Board Room, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW. Free. Any SRF members wishing to reserve a place should contact  (tel. 0131 560 1486).  The NLS have kindly agreed to keep 20 tickets for our members and we still have a few left. Others can book on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734. In partnership with the NLS.
And a trip to Abbotsford on 9 June
SRF members are planning a summer outing to the home of Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford, near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. 
The main idea is to have a relaxed time, learning about one of our great Scottish writers and speaking Russian as much as possible.
We will use the new Borders Railway and local transport will be arranged between Tweedbank station and Abbotsford.  We will visit the modern Visitor Centre  and have lunch there.  In the afternoon we will visit Abbotsford House and its gardens.
All members of the SRF and their families and friends are invited to come. The more native Russian speakers the better.  For a party of 10 or more, there is a discount for the meal and entrance to Abbotsford House.
Could those wishing to come please contact Peter Harvey by Friday 27 May.  Tel. 01620861682, mobile 07508606540. E-mail

22 May onwards: Tarkovsky in Edinburgh and Glasgow:  See links in What's On below.  SRF committee member and Reader in Russian at Edinburgh University, Alexandra Smith, will introduce two of the films in Edinburgh.  

Other events in Scotland you might be interested in are listed in What's On below - and regularly updated on 

What's On

A listing of events from or about Russia and her neighbours.
Please don't forget to check in between these bulletins for changes - the listings are updated all the time.

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland 
Until 26 May: Shakespeare on the Russian Stage: Hamlet and a 100 Years of Shakespearian Productions. Exhibition, Glasgow
26 March - 31 October: On the North Russian Front. Exhibition, Skaill House, Orkney
13 April – 30 May (tbc): Portrait of Pskov.  25 years of friendship. Perth
13 May:  Working on a Russian icebreaker in the Arctic. Edinburgh
17, 18 May: Book Launch - The Saviour of Lasnamae.  Glasgow and Edinburgh
22 May - 3 July (various dates): Tarkovsky seasons at the GFT and Edinburgh Filmhouse. All seven films. Glasgow and Edinburgh
24 May:  200th anniversary of Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia's tour of Scotland.Moffat
26 May:  Secret histories in Edinburgh and Shrivenham – Soviet / Russian Military Studies and the Cold War. Edinburgh
2 June: Chai n Chat. Edinburgh
5-29 August: Russian events at the Edinburgh International Festival. Edinburgh

Events outside Scotland
Various dates: Pushkin House events. London
Various dates: Ukrainian events in London
Various dates: GB-Russia Society lectures. London 
Various dates: RBCC business networking events. London and Russia
Various dates: London organisations organising lectures in Russian: Arbuzz,Open Russia Club and Pryamaya Rech. London
Various dates: Dash Arts. London
12 May: Urmuli Quartet from Georgia.  UK premiere Concert in aid of Tbilisi Zoo. London
17 March - 26 JuneRussia and the Arts  - joint exhibition in celebration of the 160th anniversary of both the Tretyakov and National Portrait Galleries. Interesting interview with the curator by Russian Art & Culture.  National Portrait Gallery, London
29 May: The Bear - a Defeater of Robbers (in Azerbaijani). London
11-15 July: Translate in the City: Literary Translation in Practice. London
14 July: Alim Qasimov Ensemble/Sirojiddin Juraev (classical masters of Azerbaijan and Tajikistan). Wigmore Hall, London
2017: advance notice of two exhibitions at Tate Modern for the centenery of the October Revolution - Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (10.10.2017-4.2.2018) and Red Star Over Russia (8.11.2017-18.2.2018). London


Various summer translation and language courses
11-15 July: Translate in the City: Literary Translation in Practice. London
24-30 July: International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School. Norwich.  Incl Russian to English workshop. Closing date 15 May
1-5 August: UK Russian Summer School, Girton College, Cambridge.  (This is the course that used to be run by Lancashire College)

Some amazing volunteering opportunities in Russia summer
See the Xchange Scotland website.  And don't forget to look into volunteering with Ecologia too - a Scottish organisation with years of experience in volunteering and excellent projects in Russia (and an SRF member).

Internship opportunity in Astana
A former volunteer with SRF writes to tell us of an opportunity with his employer
"I am currently working in Kazakhstan for a small and growing language centre. We are looking to find an intern who would give presentations in government schools to recruit new students. This would be for at least a few months, 9-5, Mon-Fri kind of deal. We are located in Astana, and looking for a start around the beginning of September (maybe a few days early to get some training). 
The salary would be from roughly 800-1000 USD per month, with accommodation, and all visa support provided. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and energetic for this role. This is obviously a great opportunity to practise Russian and gain some invaluable experience in promotion and sales. If you know anybody then please let them know and put us in touch!"
Contact Michael Johnson
"Community" languages GCSE/A levels reprieved in rUK
Qualifications in 12 languages, of which only Urdu is currently taught in Scotland, will continue to be available in England, Wales and N Ireland.  The list includes important lesser taught languages such as Arabic and Japanese, as well as major community languages like Polish and Panjabi.  Russian GCSE/A Level is also available and was not threatened in rUK.  What can we do about this in Scotland??  Details:

Russian Eurovision song written by a Scot
John Ballard, a Scottish songwriter who has been living and working in Sweden for most of his career, was part of the team for the Russian Eurovision entry this year.
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