Dashkova Centre

The Scots in Russia: Billy Kay at the Dashkova Centre

In his presentation, Billy Kay will talk about the substantial contribution to Russia made by Scots from the 17th century to the time of the Revolution. The 3-part BBC series covers such areas of lasting influence as the army, navy, architecture, town planning, engineering, painting, intellectual history and literature. The talk will be illustrated with clips from Billy Kay’s series.

Billy Kay joined the BBC as a researcher in 1979, then as a producer, he created the acclaimed Odyssey series of documentaries recording the oral history of the Scottish working class. Later as a freelance writer and broadcaster he continued this theme in a number of television documentaries for BBC Scotland. Today, Billy is an active member of the Cross Party Group on the Scots Language at the Scottish Parliament. Billy’s book The Scottish World contains a chapter called A Forgotten Diaspora, which is about the Scots in Poland, Prussia and Russia. Copies will be available at the event.

Billy Kay

The Scots in Russia: Billy Kay at the Dashkova Centre

The Princess Daskova Russian Centre is pleased to host the Scottish writer and broadcaster Billy Kay who will present his new series “The Scots in Russia” produced for the BBC Radio Scotland.

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