News from the Scotland-Russia Forum 21 Nov 2013
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  • SRF News:  SRF AGM,Stall at Summerhall Christmas Market, Чай н Чат,Business news
  • What's On: Events listings for Scotland and further afield
  • Notices:  2014 UK-Russian Year of Culture;Rossica Translation Prize 2014; Pipers and Drummers wanted; Learn to dance like Natasha Rostova; Would you like to try your hand at tapestry?;  Book recommendations from members;  26 May-9 June 2014: Religion and Philosophy seminar in St Petersburg;  Russian films in February (advance notice);  Native English speakers wanted;  Books for sale

21 November 2013

SRF News

We are holding our Annual General Meeting on 11 December and would be delighted to see anyone interested in our work, member or non-member.  Members should have received an invitation and agenda some time ago but others can download it here.
6.30pm, Summerhall Café, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh.  You can come without booking but if you let us know that will help us to plan seating and refreshments.

Summerhall Christmas Market
Sunday 15 December, 11am-7pm. The SRF will have a stand at the Market and I'd welcome offers of help / ideas / Russian food / items for sale.  If you can't help please come and say hello and bring your friends!  There will be lots of other stalls, mince pies etc.  More information.

Чай н Чат
Our monthly tea club meets again on 28 November, 11am.  Probably in our small office but if they outgrow that (or I forget the key...) look for them in the Cafe.  Details.

Business news
Check out the small NEW "News" box at the top of the Business page of our website - and please let me know of any items you think should be included. There have been a number of business events recently (delegation from Lipetsk in London and Edinburgh, Albion Overseas seminars incl. an event in Newcastle today, and a Trade Delegation workshop).  If you missed those there is still time to book for the SDI Smart Exporter workshop in Edinburgh on 10 Dec.  See What's On below for link to more details. 

What's On

Church services:  details of Orthodox and Ukrainian services in Scotland 
29 May 2013-13 March 2014: Arctic Convoys.  Edinburgh Castle.  Exhibitions
21 October-16 December: Three Icon Painting Courses. Edinburgh. Courses.
18 November – 8 December: Then They Appear: Dreams in White. Edinburgh. Exhibitions
23 November: Christmas concert of vocal and piano music. Glasgow. Music
26 November: The Eye-deology of Trauma: Killing Anna Karenina Softly. Edinburgh. Seminar

27 November: The challenge of stateness: citizenship in post-Soviet democratisation. Glasgow. Talks
28 November:  Чай н Чат. Edinburgh, SocialSRF event
28 November: lecture by the Russian Ambassador. Edinburgh. Talks
29 November: Summerhall TV premiere screening of Clout Theatre's play "How a Man Crumbled". Edinburgh. Film
30 November: The First Russian Christmas Bazaar. Glasgow. Social
10 December: Doing Business in Russia. SDI Smart Exporter workshop in Edinburgh. Business
11 December: SRF AGM.  Edinburgh. Social
13 December: Summerhall Christmas Market (with SRF stall). Details
13 December: SHEMODGOMA At Christmas. Edinburgh.Music
14 December: The AniMotion Show. Edinburgh. Music
January (date tbc): Charles Hendry MP - Being Energy Minister. Edinburgh.Business
11 Jan, 8 Feb, 22 March: From Russia with Love.  Study days at the RCS. Glasgow. Talks etc

Events outside Scotland
21 November: Russia - Practical Solutions (Albion Overseas). Newcastle upon Tyne. Business
22-29 November: Russian Art Week. London. Details.
28 November-1 December: Georgian Christmas Fair. Hibernia Wharf, London Bridge, Southwark, London.  More information here, or contact Southwark Chamber of Commerce
4 December: Dash Cafe with Radio Gagarin present Necrorealism. Details.
22 April-17 May 2014: Belka Productions "A Dashing Fellow" (based on Nabokov stories). London. Details.


2014 UK-Russian Year of Culture

The Year was launched at the Science Museum in London last week and the programme is already quite extensive - with a lot of other events yet to be announced, and indeed many yet to be organised.  There is a preliminary list of events in Russia and the UK on the British Council site (Russia, UK) and more on the 2014 Preview just published by Russian Mind / Russian Art and Culture.   The next issue of our own magazine, the Scotland Russia Review, will be dedicated to events in Scotland.  Contact the editor very soon if you are organising something you'd like us to list.
The Review will be published mid-January.

Rossica Translation Prize 2014
Submissions are invited for this biennial translation prize for literary translation Russian to English. The deadline is 1 December 2013. The literary work must be written in Russian by any author, present or past, and published no earlier than 2011. There are no restrictions on the nationality of the translator or the place of publication. To apply, 4 copies of the work in the original and 4 copies of the English translation should be sent to: Rossica Prize, Academia Rossica, 76 Brewer Street, London W1F 9TX, UK.

Pipers and Drummers wanted
If any pipe band would be interested in a partly subsidised trip to Russia next October please get in touch with Jenny -, tel. 0131 560 1486.

Learn to dance like Natasha Rostova
Historical dance workshop in Edinburgh "Dances from the Russian Balls" on 21 December - details tbc.  The workshop will focus on dances from War and Peace. 
It will be led by Elana Tarasova, director of theTrianon studio of historical dance in Moscow (  Elana has more than 10 years of teaching experience. She has led workshops in many cities of Russia as well as in Europe. Elana is also the main organiser of annual International Historical Dance Festival in Moscow ( She is also a certified teacher of Scottish Country Dances and leads Scottish Country Dance classes in Moscow.

Would you like to try your hand at tapestry?
The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry organisation ( plans to make a large tapestry about the Scottish diaspora in about 25 countries, incl Russia. About 10 panels will be devoted to the history of Scots in Russia. They are very keen to find Russian stitchers! ie people willing to sew part of the tapestry panels – no need to be experts.
Please email Yvonne Murphy who will be delighted to hear from you.

Book recommendations from members
- Catherine Merridale,  The Red Fortress. Allen Lane, 2013, £30
- Ben Judah, The Yeti Hunts: Travels Through Russia and Central Asia.  Articles first published in Standpoint. Kindle ebook, 2013, £2.99
- Phil Davies (ed), Windows on Russia and Eastern Europe. Graduates tell their stories of life, work and survival, Bramcote Press, 81 Rayneham Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8RJ. 2013.Fourteen Nottingham alumni from the 1950s to the 2000s have contributed essays, reminiscences, and first-hand accounts of their experiences in the USSR, former Yuogoslavia, and the ‘New’ Russia. £13.50 (£10 special price for individuals). Profits to Nottingham University student welfare.

26 May-9 June 2014: Visions of Beauty: The Foundations of Russian Religion and Culture in the Course of Thousand Years
St. Petersburg School of Religion and Philosophy Spring Seminar.

Recommended by a very knowledgeable SRF member. More information and call for applications here. Deadline 15 December.
More information:
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Russian films in February (advance notice)
There will be a series of screenings of new LGBT films by Russian filmmakers, to be shown in various Edinburgh and Scotland-wide venues throughout February.  Once we have more information the SRF is planning a lecture to accompany the Edinburgh screenings.  Watch this space!

Native English speakers wanted
Native English speakers wanted by Russian students preparing for IELTS exams. Ideally 90 minute sessions twice a week over Skype/Viber. Interesting conversations and modest payments available. Please contact

Books for sale
List and contact details here