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2. "CHAI AND CHAT" The next Meeting of "Chai and Chat" will likely be held in Scott's Restaurant, Mercure Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh on Thursday MARCH 7th at noon. All most welcome. Sincerest thanks are due to Elizabeth White who has has taken over the very successful running of this event.
3. SRF TRUSTEES - PRESENT AND PAST: We are delighted to welcome Dr Mario Relich as a new SRF Trustee and to announce too that Eric Wishart will continue to provide his excellent support to the Trustees. Sincere thanks are extended to them both and also to former SRF Secretary, David Caldwell, for his sterling help in all matters since the time of Peter Harvey's illness. We always owe huge thanks to Honorary Trustee Dairmid Gunn for all his wise advice and constant support during these extremely difficult and troubled times. We send him too best wishes for a full recovery after a fall at home.
4. INTERNATIONAL RUSSIAN MEET UP GROUP. The next meeting of this Group will be held on Sunday FEBRUARY 25th at 10am and then on Sunday MARCH 24th at the same time. If you would like to find out more, please e-mail the organiser Graham Dane at: email@example.com. Also you can check:
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Congratulations again to Graham for this exciting new venture!
5. "THE FORUM": The latest edition of the SRF journal "The Forum" was sent to all members as a PDF before Christmas. Paper copies will be ready in due course. Special thanks to the Editors, Tom Hubbard and Mikhail Vodopyanov and to Graham Dane for his wonderful help with production!! Articles and other materials by members are most welcome.
6. ACTING SRF TREASURER: We are pleased to announce that SRF member Graham Dane will be taking over as Acting SRF Treasurer. Graham also joins the team of SRF Trustees. Sincere thanks are extended to Graham for taking on these duties and also to Eric Wishart for all his help and advice on SRF financial matters.
7. DR JAN CULIK: Jan Culik is an internationally renowned scholar of East European film. Looking ahead to spring 2024, Jan Culik will be leading a special film event in the Quaker Rooms in Edinburgh. Watch this space for more details.
8. CONGRATULATIONS are once more due to SRF Trustee Sasha Smith on the publication of her latest book - Alexandra Smith and Olga Sobolev (eds) , Film Adaptations of Russian Classics: Dialogism and Authorship. ( Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press), 2023 and for her excellent presentation.
9. BOOK CORNER: Members who subscribe to Pushkin House will already know that the Pushkin House Book Prize this year was won by Owen Matthews for Overreach: The Inside Story of Putin's War Against Ukraine (Harper Collins). SRF Trustee Tom Hubbard also notes the following book by Scottish writer Jenny Robertson Ukraine: A Personal Exploration before Putin's Invasion. (Handsel Press). Please do send in details of books you would like to recommend to members! Thank you.
10. ALEKSANTERI ALUMNI TALKS: We are grateful to Trustee Sasha Smith who has provided information about an interesting series! of talks; for more details of these talks and for the zoomlink to join, please go to:
11. BRUCE! Trustee Tom Hubbard noted the production of a new opera Bruce written by a young Kazakh composer! This will be performed in various locations throughout Scotland in February, such as Glasgow Cathedral, Sr Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh and St Salvator's in St Andrews. Please see the website for further details, prices and times.
12. STOP PRESS: Please join us via zoom on TUESDAY 27th FEBRUARY at 3pm to hear Dr Shamil' Khairov talk about and show examples from his Photographic Exhibition on the Tatars; he will also tell his audience about that ethnic group. Members will recall Dr Khairov's most engaging talk on his dictionary and grammar book - but he has many strings to the proverbial bow and he has won many international prizes for his Photography Exhibitions. The zoomlink will be sent to members in the February mailing. This will be an unmissable session!