In this section, you will find information and materials relating to our previous and forthcoming Reading Groups, previously held on a termly basis at Pushkin House, Bloomsbury. Given current circumstances, they will be held online for the foreseeable future.
The network convenes discussions around key texts (translated from Russian or written in English) that mediate a vital cultural relationship – whether literary, aesthetic, linguistic, economic or political.
Topics of interest include:
- The translation and reception of Russian literature, film and visual art in Britain.
- The role of Russian literature, culture and politics in the development of British modernism.
- Bolshevism and the British left.
- The reporting and discussion of the Russian Revolution and Soviet Russia in the British press.
- Internationalism and Soviet Russia.
- Britons in Russia / Russians in Britain.
- The development of cold war attitudes and the ‘Iron Curtain’.
Each reading group focuses on a pre-circulated text or texts selected and introduced by a member of the network or an invited expert.
Forthcoming Reading Group
The next event will be announced soon.
Previous Reading Groups
24 May 2022: Jeremy Hicks on British films of the Volga famine
25 January 2022: José Vergara on Joyce and Russian Literature
7 December 2021: Marina Tsvetkova, ‘The reception of Marina Tsvetaeva in Britain’
21 July 2021: Sveta Yefimenko, ‘Tolstoy On & In England’
22 April 2021: Robert Henderson on Lenin in London
20 November 2020: ‘Around and About the Other Shore: Russian Political Émigrés in London’ – Ben Phillips
13 November 2020: ‘Marian Fell – Translation Work as a Reflection of Life Ventures’ – Anna Maslenova
6 November 2020: ‘The Ark of the Translator’ – Muireann Maguire on John Bowring
17 May 2019: Nick Hall on British Travellers to the Soviet Union
5th October 2018: Henry Stead on the Union of Soviet Writers and 1950s Britain
4 March 2016: John Connor on Harold Heslop and the Novelists’ International [podcast now available]
27 November 2015: Barbara Emerson on Anglo-Russian Relations in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries [podcast now available]
20 March 2015: Louise Hardiman on Madame Pogosky
21 November 2014: Ben Harker – Jack Lindsay reads the Short Course
21 February 2014: Phillipa Burt on Theodore Komisarjevsky
4 October 2013: Kimberley Reynolds on Children’s Literature on the USSR
15 February 2013: Michael Hughes on Stephen Graham and Russia
28 November 2012: Angus Wren and Olga Soboleva on George Bernard Shaw and Russia
24 February 2012: Laura Marcus on Soviet Cinema and British Modernism
4 November 2011: Stuart Eagles on John Kenworthy