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The Lermontov 200 Conference

The Lermontov 200 Conference is a celebration of the bicentenary of Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov and discussion on how to make his work more accessible to wider audiences, jointly promoted by the All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, the Moscow Institute of Translation and Moffat Book Events with publicity support from the Scotland-Russia Forum.

Friday 3rd October Moffat House Hotel
19.30 Opening of an exhibition of specially commissioned work by Ludmilla-Grigoryeva- Semyatitskaya, member of the Russian Union of Artists and the International Art Foundation, inspired by Lermontov and his work in the medium of torn paper
20.00 Delegate dinner
21.30 Readings in three languages from After Lermontov – Translations for the Bicentenary presented by the contributing poets.
22.30 Evening ends

Saturday 4th October Moffat House Hotel
Session 1 Geneology event for Learmonths.
9.30 – 10.45
Speakers; Rex Learmonth, co-author of ‘Learmonths-Lermontovs 1057-2007’ and Gwen Hardie, Learmonth genealogist and founder of The Friends of Thomas the Rhymer Group
Session 2 Beginners introduction to Mikhail Lermontov. 11.00 – 12.00
Speaker; Mairi Koroleva, Senior Lecturer in Celtic Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Session 3 Conference Opening Event
12.30 – 13.00
Consul General of the Russian Federation, Andrey A Pritsepov
Dr Ekaterina Genieva, Director General of VGBIL
Session 4 Lermontov in a changing world – ensuring his work is accessible.
13.00 14.30
Speakers: Vacheslav Bagno, Director of Pushkin House and
Professor of Philology at St Petersburg University.
Evgeny Reshichenko, Director of the Institute of Translation
Grigory Cheredov, Chief Editor of Rudomino Publishing
Peter France, Editor of After Lermontov- Translations for the Bicentenary
Session 5 A Hero of our Time – influence and relevance. 15.00 – 16.30
Speakers; Dmitri Tokarev, Leading Researcher, Institute of Russian Literature
Dr Michael Nicholson, Emeritus Fellow University College, Oxford

Conference Dinner 19.00
21.00 – 21.30 Excerpts from the Demon in Scots by Frances Robson

Sunday 5th October Moffat House Hotel
Session 6 Landscape, Myth and Romanticism – links to Scott, Hogg and the romantic poet movement.
11.00 – 12.30
Speakers; Evgeny Vodolazkin, novelist, critic and literary historian,
Claire Lamont, Professor of English Romantic Literature at Newcastle University and General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition Waverly Novels
Dr Sigrid Rieuwerts, Reader at the University of Mainz and Fellow (Celtic and Scottish Studies) Edinburgh University and currently editor and manager of the Walter Scott Minstrelsy project.
Session 7 Mortality and Immortality - discussion around Lermontov’s fascination with death and whether his early demise secured his fame.
14.30 – 15.30
Speakers; Irina Kirillova MBE, Fellow Emerita, Russian
Studies, Newham College, Cambridge
Session 8 Conference Closing Event plenary and conclusions. 16.00 – 16.30

Sunday 5th October Old Well Theatre, Moffat
A programme of Lermontov inspired classical music delivered by the acclaimed soprano Kirstin Sharpin,who graduated from the the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as a Master of Opera with Distinction in 2008 accompanied by pianist Peter Cowdrey. This will include pieces by Tchaikovsky, Balakirev, Rimsky Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Cui and others. Kirsten performs extensively around Europe and on the opera festival circuit around the UK. Peter is an opera composer and pianist with a lifelong interest in Russian music. He is involved in creating Planet Birdsong, a global education project based on birdsong with The Goldfinch Foundation.

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Date: 11/09/2014