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21-23 October: Moffat Russian Conference 2016. Poet i vlast' (Poets and Power)
An annual Russian conference held in Moffat and organised by Moffat Book Events, the Russian State Library for Foreign Literature and the Institute of Translation, Moscow. More information on www.moffatbookevents.com.
The theme for this year's Moffat Conference is Poet i vlast’ – Poets and Power. The focus will be on five of the great poets of the first half of twentieth-century Russia, all of whom were hounded by the Soviet regime: Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966), Nikolai Gumilev (1886–shot in 1921), Osip Mandelstam (1891–died in the Gulag 1938), Boris Pasternak (1890–1960), and Marina Tsvetaeva (1892–driven to suicide 1941).The theme has been chosen in recognition that 2016 is the 200th anniversary of the visit to Scotland (including Moffat) by the future Tsar Nicholas I, self-appointed censor to Pushkin; it is also the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mandelstam and the 50th anniversary of the death of Anna Akhmatova. All these writers, still too little known in this country, faced death and imprisonment in their lives. Their legacy is work which confronts the issues of human freedom and loss, faith and despair, language and creativity. One of the main tasks of this year’s conference will be to make these outstanding writers more widely appreciated outside their own country and reflect on the extent to which their experience has relevance for the creative arts in a mature democracy.
The draft programme is on http://www.moffatbookevents.com/news.