Sunday 1.30 – 2.30 pm | Talk/Discussion with Sasha Dugdale
Castle Green Hotel – Garden Room
The Poetic Estate
The Russian poet Alexander Pushkin is central to Russian literary experience and history, but his work is hardly known in translation and even less is known about his short, intense and troubled life. Poet and translator Sasha Dugdale spent time at his estate in the North West of Russia, a deeply-loved home for Pushkin, but also a place where he lived in exiled, spied upon by his own family. The estate is now Russia’s top literary site, a place of huge significance in today’s Russia. Dugdale reflects here on the literary heritage industry in Russia and the UK and how nationalism and politics affect our sense of poetry and place.
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