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Cambridge Slavonic Studies Presents: Maria Stepanova and Sasha Dugdale: In Conversation


Join Cambridge Slavonic Studies on 27 April 2021 at 18:00 (BST), Online - Register in advance here for: Maria Stepanova and Sasha Dugdale: In Conversation.

Award-winning poet and novelist Maria Stepanova and her translator, poet Sasha Dugdale in an event to celebrate the publication in English translation of Stepanova's novel, In Memory of Memory (Fitzcarraldo, 2020), and her poetry collection, War of the Beasts and the Animals (Bloodaxe, 2021).

Stepanova and Dugdale will be in conversation with Kathleen Mitchell- Fox (MPhil, Fitzwilliam College). They will discuss the shared themes and forms of the poems and the novel, as well as their rich method of collaborative translation practice.

About the Author:
Maria Stepanova is a poet, essayist, journalist, and the author of ten poetry collections and three books of essays. She was a visiting Senior Scholar at Selwyn College in the Spring of 2020. She is also one of the most influential cultural figures in Russia today: founder and editor-in-chief of the online independent crowd-sourced journal, which covers the cultural, social, and political reality of contemporary Russia. Stepanova's latest prose work, In Memory of Memory, a study in the field of cultural history and memoir, was published to critical acclaim in Russia, winning the Big Book Prize in 2018. It has been long listed for the International Booker Prize 2021. War of the Beasts and the Animals is the first published collection of Stepanova's poems in English. It includes her recent long poems, 'Spolia' and 'War of the Beasts and the Animals', written during the Donbas conflict, as well as selections from her published poetry.

About the translator:
Sasha Dugdale is poet-in-residence at St. John's College. She has published five collections of poems with Carcanet, most recently Deformations
in 2020. She won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2016 and in 2017 she was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize for Poetry. She was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize in 2021.