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Russian Destinies in London. Illustrated Talk by Natalia Dissanayake
September 18, 18:30 - 21:00| £3
– with a great number of beautiful slides
Natalia Dissanayake is a writer, a journalist, a translator between Russian and English with over 30 years of experience, and one of the most brilliant professional tourist guides in the city of London. Her book “Russian Destinies in London” is a real treasure for anyone who is interested in the history of Russian immigranst in London – Russian art, ballet, music and thought, from the 16th century up to the present days.
Natalia Dissanayake’s book is a result of many years of thorough research. Among the Russians who lived in the UK over the centuries were members of the Russian Imperial family, aristocrats, revolutionaries, rebels, philosophers, writers and scientists, musicians and artists, diplomats and clergymen, athletes and soldiers; some of them are well known, whilst others remain in obscurity. Among these Russians were the godfather of Queen Victoria, a dancer who became an undying symbol of ballet, a diplomat who led the Parliament to adopt the Diplomatic Integrity Act, the first female President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, two prisoners, who later became ministers in their homeland, and an “iron woman” who conquered the hearts of two outstanding writers of the 20th century.
About the author: Natalia Dissanayake was born and lived in Moscow. She was a teacher of Russian language and literature and an editor at the publishing house “Progress”. Since 1972 she has been living in London. Since 1988 she has been a member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides (Blue Badge) and the Institute of Tourist Guides.
Entry: CamRuSS members free, non-members £3.