NATASHA DISSANAYAKE: RUSSIANS IN LONDON FROM TUDOR TIMES UP TO THE PRESENT DAY

Natasha Dissanayake has spent some 20 years researching for her book on this subject, written in Russian (may be on sale at the meeting) and there are some 20 different sections in her book covering major aspects of the Russian presence in London from the 16th century to the present day, and featuring a wide range of Russian characters: members of the imperial family, aristocrats and Bolsheviks, diplomats and churchmen, musicians, painters and people of the theatre, writers and scientists, soldiers, sportsmen and even spies. Fortune favoured some Russians, while others had to meet sterner destinies. For some London was a temporary home, others lived here until the end of their lives. However, almost none of the Russians escaped the problems of adapting to the way of life in the new country, to its traditions and language. All the above is presented not as an academic study, but as a collection of stories based on research, interviews, observations, published and unpublished memoirs and wider literature.

A Muscovite born and bred, taught Russian Language and Literature at a High School in Moscow. Then worked as an Editor at the Progress Publishing House. Came to live in England in 1972. Taught Russian in schools and colleges. Then did the Blue Badge Guide course. Interpreted for the Bolshoi, Mariinsky and other companies on their tours of Britain. Was writing about ballet for ballet magazines, the London Courier and other publications.. From 1990 to 1998 travelled almost non-stop to Russia, Kazakhstan and other countries interpreting for petroleum companies. Working as a Blue Badge Guide Natasha started researching about Russians living in London, which resulted in her massive book, planned to be published in January 2017.

This is a GB Russia event and tickets are only available from the GB Russia Society website at: www.gbrussia.org