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4 October 2014

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SRF News

SRF business event soon
14 October:  Doing business with Russia.  SRF event at Edinburgh University Business School.  Excellent and very experienced speakers – should be very interesting.  Details (incl booking link).  NB Only 4 places left as I write!
I am writing this just after our successful week at the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Mary Scanlon MSP.  We exhibited pictures of Lermontov and his work by Russian artist Ludmila Grigorieva, sent over by the Russian Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow.   Exhibition brochure here.  The pictures were much admired by MSPs and other Parliament staff and engendered useful discussion of Russian culture, the value of cultural exchange, and the desirability of getting study of Russian and Russia back into schools.
At the end of the exhibition we held a closing reception.  There were nearly 90 guests including members of the Russian Library of Foreign Literature and others from Moscow, including representatives of the Lermontov family, the Russian Consul General and colleagues, SRF members, MSPs Mary Scanlon, Christine Grahame and Jamie McGrigor, and many other Scottish guests.  Guests heard short readings of recent Lermontov translations (English and Scots), a poem Lermontov wrote for the great great grandmother of SRF member Helen Molchanoff – and the evening finished with Scottish pipe music and dancing from two young Russian-Scottish guests Elizabeth and Anna Reid.
Today (Friday 3 Oct) will see the unveiling of a bust of Lermontov in Earlston by the Thomas the Rhymer Society.  And then 3-5 October will be a Lermontov conference (and another chance to see Ludmila’s exhibition) in Moffat.  And finally (or maybe not) a Scottish Storytelling Festival event about Lermontov for children on 28 October in Glasgow.
You can even buy a Lermontov 200 T-shirt for £10 from Moffat Book events.  Details here.
Information on all events via What's On below.
SRF Library
Don’t forget the Russian library is open by arrangement to borrowers (or browsers) – phone 0131 560 1486 or email to check it will be open when you’d like to call in.   The full catalogue is online.   Interesting recent acquisitions (not catalogued yet) include a new guidebook to Armenia, edited by SRF member Deirdre Holding.
Membership subscriptions
We recently sent details of membership subs for 2014-15 to all members, and in fact to all readers of these bulletins.  Many thanks to the many people that have already sent in their subscription.  We hope other members will rejoin soon – and that those of you who have not been members in the past will think about supporting us in this way.  The SRF works hard, on a voluntary basis, to promote interest in all aspects of Russia and her neighbours.  We do this on a shoestring but there are some costs nevertheless, and we could not exist without the financial support of members and other donors.
If you have not done so already – please send in a subscription now!  Details hereEmail us for more information.

Last year for SQA Russian exams
As pointed out in our last bulletin 2014-15 is the last year for national exams for Russian in Scottish schools (apart from Languages for Life and Work courses).  The Herald noted that this is despite continual growth in presentations  for Higher – 52 this year compared with 13 in 2009 when the decision to phase out the exams was taken.  Their article was followed by articles from RIA Novosti  and SecEd.  SRF chair Jenny Carr took the opportunity to discuss this with several MSPs during the SRF’s Lermontov exhibition last week and the SRF continue to lobby anyone who will listen on the issue.

What's On

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland 
3-5 October: The Lermontov 200 Conference. Moffat
4 October - 8 January 2015: Bryan Alexander - 'Whisper of the Stars'. Photography exhibition, Dundee
7, 8 October: Boyan Ensemble in Scotland: Sacred Chants and Songs of Ukraine.  Dumfries and Elgin.
14 October: Doing business with Russia. SRF Business Seminar, Edinburgh
17 October: Scotland and Russia: Performance Since 1900.  Conference and Concert, Edinburgh
21-25 October: The Three Sisters by John Byrne. Edinburgh. Theatre
6 November: Чай н Чат. Edinburgh
26 November - 6 December: Arctic Convoys of World War Two. Exhibition. Castle Douglas
3-6 December:  Slava's Snowshow. Edinburgh
4 December: Чай н Чат. Edinburgh
12-13 December: Giving Voice to Cultures: Practices of Russia-Britain Cross-Cultural Communication in the 21st Century. Edinburgh

Events outside Scotland

18 September-18 January 2015: Jack of Diamonds – Special display of Russian avant-garde art at The Courtauld Gallery. London
29 September – 24 October: Boyan Ensemble UK Tour. Various cities all over the UK
27-29 October: The Role of Public Diplomacy in Fostering Russian-British Relations.  London 
November:  Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. Science Museum, London
12-15 November: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), Dmitry Krymov Lab. Barbican, London
18 Nov - 8 Feb 2015: A Russian Fairy Tale: The Art and Craft of Elena Polenova. Guildford
21-29 November: Russian Art Week. London
18-21 February 2015: Eugene Onegin.  Vakhtangov Theatre at the Barbican, London.



Actors and translators wanted for film about Russia
Dark Form Productions (, a film company based in Scotland, are working on a project based in Russia after World War Two. They are looking to use Russian speaking actors and translators to transcribe the script and help out the actors if their native language is not Russian.
They need 9 male actors, 1 female actress and two translators.
Please contact Lisa Gray for more information

Russian learning materials
New catalogue from European Schoolbooks Ltd here.

Ecologia Youth Trust, a Scottish charity doing very good work with children in Kaluga oblast (and elsewhere) has a new website.

Translation prize
The 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize for the translation of Russian poetry into English is now open for entries. The deadline for entries is 5 December 2014. Enter online or download an entry form from, where you can read the winning entries from previous years.  Details.
How can you support the Scotland-Russia Forum?
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If you would like to support us please consider becoming a full member and playing a part in decisions on how best to implement our aims.

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