SLOVO Russian Literature Festival 2016

15 – 24 April 2016
London, Waterstones Piccadilly
SLOVO returns to London for the 7th year running. SLOVO is an open-minded, independent festival of contemporary Russian literature and thinking. The theme of this year’s festival is Memories of the Future – Воспоминания о будущем. We invite you to join our array of inspirational speakers to discuss Russia today and its future. See SLOVO programme >>


PRESS RELEASE 5th SLOVO RUSSIAN LITERATURE FESTIVAL OPENS IN LONDON ON 8 MARCH 2014 From Pushkin to Pelevin, Dostoevsky to Shishkin, Tolstoy to Bykov - literature has always been Russia’s calling card. And writers have been its most important ambassadors! Their stories, their insights into human nature, their philosophical musings and debates continue to engage and inspire readers all over the world. And when speaking about the relationship between Britain and Russia, it is certainly the literary links that have been the strongest ties between the two countries. It is therefore no surprise then that the only festival of Russian literature outside Russia was established in London! This year, the SLOVO Russian Literature Festival is returning to London for the 5th time! Russia's most celebrated writers will be in attendance, presenting their new books, meeting with readers, debating with UK authors and specialists, and discussing new projects with publishers and translators. SLOVO – a chance for Russian writers to bring their work to the UK and an opportunity for UK audiences to meet with the key players in Russian intellectual life. This year's SLOVO will run from the 8-23 March, featuring 16 Russian authors at 20 events over the course for 16 days at 6 prestigious and celebrated venues around London. IN SEARCH OF LOST REALITY  In Search of Lost Reality. The theme of this year's Festival is open to interpretation; our writers will talk not only about their works but about how they capture today's rapidly changing reality and the transience of our experiences and emotions. The Festival opens on 8 March with a talk by Mikhail Shishkin – Of Living Noses and Dead Souls. One of the most celebrated contemporary Russian writers will reflect on the great and eternal themes which are still relevant in today's Russia. He will be followed by “Night Snipers” rock musician Diana Arbenina, who will present Sprinter – a new collection of poems published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her performances. Famous and internationally award-winning writers, Zakhar Prilepin, Alexander Terekhov, Sergei Shargunov, and Olga Sedakova will be joining us for this year's SLOVO Festival which will also feature exclusive films based on the works Ilf and Petrov, Pelevin, and Bulgakov. ROSSICA TRANSLATION PRIZE March 20 sees the long-awaited announcement of the prestigious Rossica Prize. Established in 2005, it is the world's only prize for the translation of Russian literature into English. The prize is awarded by Academia Rossica with the support of the Russky Mir foundation. The Rossica Young Translators' Award – an annual competition for young translators – will also be announced. The Awards Ceremony will be preceded by a talk from Rossica Prize judge and translator, Oliver Ready – Cat and Mouse with Dostoevsky. The Translator as Detective. He will discuss the challenges of translation, especially in his recent work with Crime and Punishment and the ambiguous, flowing nature of the conversations between the Investigator, Porfiry Petrovich, and his suspect, Rodion Raskolnikov. TALES OF RUSSIAN LONDON Russian Londoners! Grab your pens! For the first time in SLOVO history, we will be holding a competition! Russian Londoners are invited to write on the theme of The Moment I Loved/Hated/Knew London. Organised by Academia Rossica and, the best stories will be published as a collection – Tales of Russian London. __________________________ The full programme of the SLOVO Festival can be found at: The SLOVO Festival will be in London between 8 and 23 March 2014 as part of the 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture, with the support of the Russky Mir Foundation. Organiser: ACADEMIA ROSSICA is an independent arts organisation set up in London in 2000 to promote cultural and intellectual ties between Russia and Britain.We represent Russian artists, filmmakers, writers and publishers. Academia Rossica projects are supported by the Russian Embassy, the Russian Ministry of Culture and our corporate partners. SLOVO Festival Partners: Waterstones Piccadilly, The London Library, King's Russia Institute, MacDougall's Arts, Erarta Galleries, The May Fair Hotel, Media Partners: Russia Beyond the Headlines, Angliya, Kommersant UK, British Style, Russian Mind, Voice of Russia __________________________ CONTACTS For enquiries regarding press accreditation, interviews and photo requests, please contact Academia Rossica: Academia Rossica
 76 Brewer Street, Piccadilly Circus, London W1F 9TX

 Tel: +44 20 7287 2614, +44 20 7287 5712



Roman Liberov is a documentary filmmaker and animator. He trained at the BBC specializing in documentary filmmaking, where he then worked for six years. Ilfandpetrov forms part of a cycle of animated documentaries about Russian writers, including Yuri Olesha, Joseph Brodsky, Georgi Vladimov, and Sergei Dovlatov.

SLOVO Festival

SLOVO is returning to London in March 2014 for the fifth time! We would like to invite you to join us in this celebration of Russian literature and culture.
In Search of Lost Reality - В поисках утраченной реальности – is the theme for this year's Festival. Each writer will talk not only about his books, but also his thoughts on capturing today's intangible and ever-shifting reality and the impermanence of what we experience today.
8 - 23 March 2014, London

Rossica Young Translators Award

Shortlist Announced! Many thanks to everyone who entered the Rossica Young Translators Award this year, and to our judges for all their hard work in making the award possible. We are delighted to announce that the shortlist has now been decided! The winner will be announced on the 20th of March, alongside the Rossica Prize, as part of the SLOVO Russian Literature Festival – see here for more information! Running annually since 2009, the Rossica Young Translators Award aims to promote the art of literary translation from Russian into English. Alongside its older sibling, the Rossica Prize, which rewards the best of newly published translations of Russian literature, the Young Translators Award was set up to encourage the next generation of aspiring translators. Passionate and talented translators are essential for the future health of Russian literature and its impact on the English-speaking world, and the RYTA aims to reward the talent of young translators, while inspiring them with a taste of Russia's most exciting new literature. The award now has a global reach, and previous winners and shortlisted entrants have gone on to successful careers as professional translators and editors. Submissions are accepted from entrants up to the age of 24, and consist of a translation of a prose extract from works by Russia's foremost contemporary novelists. Entrants may choose between three extracts, each of around 2,500 words. The winning entry will be awarded a prize of £500. This year's jury includes Dr. Oliver Ready, Professor Donald Rayfield, and Dr. Jamie Rann. All judges work as professional translators and academics in the field of Russian literature. Their experience and expertise are essential to the success of the award, providing the necessary critical judgement for the selection of the winning submission, and also offers an exciting opportunity for young translators to come into contact with their role models. ROSSICA YOUNG TRANSLATORS AWARD 2014 – SHORTLIST Ian Fallon (University of St Andrews), Pepperstein Laura Thomas, (unaffiliated), Shargunov Walker Thompson, (Westminster School), Shargunov Katherine Wood, (unaffiliated), Sakhnovsky

SLOVO 2014

Olga Sedakova, winner of the Dante Aligheiri Prize and the Alexander Solzhenitsyn Prize among others, will talk about her great teachers and friends, Sergei Averintsev, Venichka Erofeev, Mikhail Gasparov, Joseph Brodsky and others, intellectual pillars of the Soviet intelligentsia. She will of course also read some of her own inspiring and highly original poetry.

The London Lion Award 2013 is presented to Winter Journey

The ten day long festival brought together prize-winning directors, producers, actors and actresses to present their works and to celebrate the great, vibrant cinematic tradition of Russia.

7th Russian Film Festival Closing Night

London Lion Award Ceremony
Sunday 17 November 2013
The May Fair Theatre, Stratton St, London W1J 8LT

7th Russian Film Festival in London!

7-17 November 2013
Empire Leicester Square
The Russian Film Festival returns to London on the 7th of November for its seventh year! This year the Festival celebrates the most illustrious new Russian films, documentaries and animation at the iconic Empire Cinema in Leicester Square

Intimate Parts / Интимные места

Wednesday, 13 November, 8 pm
Friday, 15 November, 6 pm
Dir. Natasha Merkulova
Contemporary Moscow, home to several people who apparently lead a totally carefree life. They have all acquired status in society, and at first sight seem to have everything they desire. But each of them is lacking something, and each has their own intimate secret>>>

Ivan Son of Amir / Иван сын Амира

Monday, 11 November, 8 pm
Wednesday, 13 November, 6 pm
Dir. Maxim Panfilov
A Russian woman from Sevastopol flees with her two children during the Second World War. Amir, an Uzbek with two wives, gives her shelter in a remote village

The Geographer Drank His Globe Away / Географ глобус пропил

Sunday, 10 November, 8 pm
Thursday, 14 November, 6 pm
Dir. Alexander Veledinsky
Based on Aleksei Ivanov’s novel of the same time, The Geographer Drank His Globe Away follows a biologist called Victor Sluzhkin, who, due to a lack of money, has had to take a job in a school as a geography teacher.

BFI presents 3 russian films

FI London Film Festival (9-20 October 2013) announced their programme. Three Russian films will be presented:
A Long and Happy Life

Mikhail Shishkin announced as finalist for 2013 Best Translated Book Award

The finalists for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award have been announced, and we are excited to see that the list includes SLOVO guest Mikhail Shishkin’s brilliant novel Maidenhair, translated by Marian Schwartz! Congratulations!

The 4th SLOVO Festival has come to an end!

We are delighted that nearly 2000 people came to SLOVO Festival!
Thank you all for celebrating Russian literature in London with us and for creating such a wonderful atmosphere at the festival events!
Revisit some of the best moments of SLOVO 2013 - have a look at photos from the Festival!

SLOVO Programme Announced!

5-26 March
MacDougall's Arts
Mari Vanna
The full programme has now been announced!

4th SLOVO Russian Literature Festival

5-26 March 2013
We are pleased to announce that the SLOVO Russian Literature Festival is returning to London for the 4th time from 5-26 March 2013!

Mikhail Segal

Mikhail Segal has written and directed a dazzling range of projects, from feature length dramas to pop videos, as well as short films and advertisements.

Submissions open for Rossica Young Translators Award 2013

Academia Rossica is pleased to announce that the Rossica Young Translators Award 2013 (RYTA) is now underway! Returning for the 5th year, this award, the younger sister of the prestigious Rossica Prize, is designed to inspire young people around the world who speak or are learning Russian to get involved with literary translation.

Slava's Snowshow

17 December 2012 - 7 January 2013, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Festival Hall

London Russian Art Week

22-28 November
The London Russian Film Festival may be over, but another exciting series of events is about to begin. Russian Art Week starts on 22 November and will feature an exciting range of events, exhibitions and auctions >>>

London Russian Art Week

22-28 November
The London Russian Film Festival may be over, but another exciting series of events is about to begin. Russian Art Week starts on 22 November and will feature an exciting range of events, exhibitions and auctions >>>


5 November, Monday, 8 pm
9 November, Friday, 6 pm | 6 November, Tuesday
Dir. Vasily Sigarev
Following the lives of the film’s characters, we watch as Fate takes their loved ones swiftly and brutally, removing any reason to live, even the desire to stay alive; snatching up their entire world >>>
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