UK-Russian Year of Language and Literature 2016
The Russian Embassy has published a list of events in the UK this year on http://www.rusemb.org.uk/fnapr/5469, though it is not clear which are part of an official programme. The Year was announced in RBTH/Kompass with a different list in December (http://thekompass.rbth.co.uk), concluding with the intriguing "The Big Book Prize committee is considering making a special award to 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling for awakening interest in reading". [See also "Russo-Scottish news" below, item on Scottish wizards]
Exciting new Russian course for primary schools from Early Start
Early Start have just launched a Russian course for younger pupils: details on www.earlystart.co.uk/russian.htm. This is a short course which would offer Scottish schools an excellent opportunity to offer Russian as their "L3" (or as an extra L3), as the second non-native language under the new schools language programme is called. The course is designed to be taught by non-specialists. We would be delighted to discuss and demonstrate this course with interested schools and will be publicising it more widely before the start of the new school year.
Lectureship in Russian at the University of St Andrews
Full details: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/…/AU…/lectureship-in-russian-ac4786mr/
Deadline for applications 11th April 2016
Easter lunch at the Ukrainian Club
The AUGB is holding a lunch to celebrate the Ukrainian Easter on 1 May. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions). Contact email@example.com to book a place.
Can you host a Ukrainian child in June?
The Ukrainian Embassy is looking for host families for a group of 20 children aged 9-15 whose parents were killed or injured in Eastern Ukraine. They will be visiting Scotland 18-28 June. More information here.
Books about Russia
A correspondent has asked us if anyone would like the books on the attached list - let us know if you are interested.
Student placements in Russia with Ecologia
Ecologia Youth Trust is a Scottish charity which does extremely valuable work at the Kitezh and Orion Children's Communities in Kaluga Oblast. Volunteer placements are an excellent opportunity for students during their Study Abroad year and one which will certainly improve their Russian language skills.
3 month placements from Sept 2016 now available, other start dates possible too. Details.
Lingtwins looking for Russian learners to test its new application
Lingtwins is looking for B1/B2/C1/C2 French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and Russian language learners to test its new application over the Easter holidays.
Lingtwins is a free language-learning application that helps university students practice speaking languages together. It complements formal university language courses by giving students an interactive outlet to apply their classroom learning.
More info: www.lingtwins.com or contact Luke Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org / 07754 941654.
There is no official announcement yet but the opening seems imminent. Article in the Herald on 15 March.
- Will Sputnik News open its Edinburgh base in April?
Alexei Kudrin addressed an audience at Edinburgh University on 30 March, organised by the Dashkova Centre. His title was "The Russian Economy: Structural Problems and Perspectives on Economic Growth". Several interesting graphs illustrated the dire position of the economy but the main structural problem highlighted, out of a huge list, was the demographic imbalance and the consequent need to raise the pension age (as in the UK). Which seemed to beg a lot of questions, not least political.
- Recent VIP visitors to Scotland
Vladimir Pozner spoke in Glasgow on 7 March, invited by the Glasgow University Russian Speaking Society. They have posted a video of the event on https://vimeo.com/161110755.
- in a bizarre new animated film supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture. J K Rowling could sue? Sunday Herald, 13 March. Trailer (in Russian).
- Scottish wizards threaten the souls of Russian children
Scottish pubs are challenging Irish ones, complete with kilts and of course lots of whisky without the "e" - according to the Siberian Times.
- Fashion for Scottish pubs in the Urals and Siberia
Does that still count as Scotch?? Apparently it does. Details.
- And Scotch whisky will soon be bottled in Moscow