Russian Writers' Forum

Some of Russia’s most influential contemporary writers are taking part in a series of events at Edinburgh.

Writers, journalists and broadcasters are among the guests who will examine the impact of journalism and literature on contemporary Russian society.

The events are being hosted by the University’s Princess Dashkova Centre, which advances research in Russian language and society and seeks to broaden understanding of Russia through knowledge exchange.

Taking part are writer and journalist Dmitry Bykov, film director Mikhail Segal and Elena Fanailova and Marina Koroleva who are both writers and radio journalists.

Influential writers

Dmitry Bykov will host an evening of literary readings and discussion. The prolific writer has held senior editorial positions in various publications in Russia and hosts a weekly radio show and appears regularly on Russian TV. In 2011, he was awarded the National Bestseller Awards for his novel “Ostromov, or the Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” set in Leningrad in the 1920s.

Writer and radio journalists Elena Fanailova and Marina Koreleva will host a discussion event on their experiences in the media.

The poet Elena Fanailova spent 17 years at Radio Liberty (Svoboda) before its disintegration in September 2012. Marina Koreleva is second in command at Ekho Mosvky, the most popular radio station in Russia and presenter of a regular programme about the Russian language.

The discussion and readings will be chaired by Bill Kay, a writer, broadcaster and expert on the Scots language.

On Thursday March 14 there will be a film screening of Short Stories (Rasskazy) by Mikhail Segal who has produced a series of films and recently published his first book.

We are delighted to host these leading writers and to showcase Russian literature to Scotland. We look forward to lively discussion at these events.

Dr. Lara Ryazanova-ClarkeHead of Russian and Academic Director of the Princess Dashkova Centre

As part of the series of events academics from Universities in UK, US, Denmark, Estonia and Russia will meet at a symposium funded by the AHRC to share ideas on how contemporary writers in Russia articulate the social and political values of their day.