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1. KEN REYNOLDS
It was with great sadness that we learned today of the death of former SRF member Ken Reynolds after a long illness. Deepest sympathy is extended to his widow Elizabeth and family. An obituary will appear in the next issue of "The Forum" . Among other things, Ken was an extremely talented photographer - he was a man of many interests and he will be greatly missed.
2. "CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS" - AUTUMN/WINTER 2021
The SRF series "Cultural Conversations" will resume again on Tuesday 26th October at 7pm via Zoom. We are delighted to welcome Dr Claire Whitehead of St. Andrews University as our first speaker in the new season. The title of her talk and the Zoom-link will be sent to members in due course.
3. RUSSO-SCOTTISH MUSICAL CONNECTIONS...
Later in the autumn Dr Svetlana Zvereva will be invited to repeat her moving, informative and beautiful presentation and also to introduce the new CD which has a recording of the final musical project of her late husband, Dr Stuart Campbell. SRF members have already been sent detail of this and they can purchase the CD from Dr Zvereva.
Members who missed Dr Zvereva's earlier talk can discover a "history" of the Russian community in Scotland through music; this presentation was, in addition, a wonderful tribute to the life and work of Dr Stuart Campbell. (Many SRF members will remember him). This talk also provided a history of the Russo-Scottish Choir they had founded together and there were many short video clips of performances of the Choir, including the Russian Children's Choir. We thank Dr Zvereva most sincerely for all the time spent and effort made to prepare this talk and it is hoped that more members will have the chance to hear it later in the year.
4. "DREAMING ABOUT WORDS: POETRY WITH VOLHA HAPEYEVA"
On SATURDAY JUNE 19th award-winning translator Annie Rutherford interviewed the Belarusian poet Volha Hapeyeva as part of the SRF "Cultural Conversations" series. This was a wonderful occasion - a chance to listen to a young poetess, now living in Germany, talk about her work and to hear poems read in the original Belarusian and in their English translations. Annie Rutherford answered many useful questions about the "problems" facing translators of poetry and she shared the following link for SRF members:
Volha's Website: https://hapeyeva.org/
5. "CHEKHOV IN SCOTLAND" SRF SYMPOSIUM - SEPTEMBER 29th, 2021
Thanks to the sterling efforts of SRF Trustee Tom Hubbard, the programme is now ready for the SRF Symposium "Chekhov in Scotland" which will be held on September 29th 2021 from 18.30-21.30 via Zoom. We are delighted to announce that Professor Emerita Jan McDonald, former Professor of Theatre Studies at Glasgow University, will give the key-note lecture on the first ever UK production of a Chekhov play which was the "Seagull" and this was performed in Glasgow... At . At the start of this event SRF member Dairmid Gunn will formally welcome the "new" Russian Consul on behalf of SRF. SRF Members have now been sent the Programme and the Zoom-link for this event; please contact us if you have not received these.
6. SRF POSTAL ADDRESS
For the foreseeable future please do not use the CEES postal address for any SRF communications as the CEES buildings are still closed. Thank you - please e-mail us instead.
7. NAVAL DESTROYERS
Frank Donald has sent us in a link so that members can access fascinating information about naval destroyers. Please see :
If you would more information about this, please send a message to the SRF e-mail address and this can be forwarded to Frank. Frank has recently updated this information so please contact him via the SRF e-mail address.
8."RUSSIA FOR KIDS"
Jenny Carr has shared her beautiful website with members. Please see:
She will be adding to this so do keep looking! A lot of members have already enjoyed this.
9. SRF TRIP TO RUSSIA JUNE 2022
SRF Trustees Jennifer Scarce and Peter Harvey have had recent meetings with Edinburgh Travel Agents and they will be updating members in the near future about the trip. Please watch this space!
10. RUSSIAN COURSES ON LINE
Tanya Yurasova is offering Russian Courses on line. Please see:
tancam.uk/russian-course or e-mail her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: https://tancam.uk/russian
11. "CONVERSATIONS WITH DOSTOEVSKY"...
Dostoevsky scholar, George Pattison, has kindly shared his new Project with SRF. He has also agreed to take part in the "Cultural Conversations" series in the autumn. Meantime, please see his work at:
12. "RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVES ON ADVERTISING"
Dr Alexandra Smith of Edinburgh University very kindly shared a link to her recent lecture entitled "Russian Perspectives on Advertising" :
13. CHAI AND CHAT"- NEXT MEETING! ALL WELCOME, ESPECIALLY NATIVE RUSSIANS!NB NEW VENUE!!! The next meeting of "Chai and Chat" will be held on THURSDAY 7th OCTOBER AT 11am in SUMMERHALL, Dean's Room. Please note change of venue! Meetings will be held in this same venue on the first Thursday of November and likewise in December. Address - Summerhall Arts Centre, 1 Summerhall, Newington, EDINBURGH EH9 1PL. Thanks to SRF Treasurer Peter Harvey for organising this!
14. WHAT IS AN EDINBURGH KETTLE DOING IN ST PETERSBURG?
SRF Trustee Jennifer Scarce noted an interesting item in a recent issue of "The Times"-the Edinburgh based collective "Kettle", owned by Tony Kettle, will be building the LAKHTA CENTER 11 in St. Petersburg after winning an international competition! This building will be 703 meters high and will be the highest tower building in Europe and the second highest in the world...We have a copy of the press cutting so if any member would like to read more, please do contact us.
15. FUTURE SPEAKERS
Please do send in any suggestions for future speakers or events - your ideas are most welcome! Thank you.