Friday 23 April 2021 | 12:30pm

Maria Stepanova & Sasha Dugdale: In Memory of Memory

Friday 23 April 2021 | 12:30pm

Maria Stepanova & Sasha Dugdale: In Memory of Memory

£6.00 - Single event ticket
£35.00£50.00 - Festival Pass
Maria Stepanova, award-winning Russian poet, essayist and journalist is joined by her translator, Sasha Dugdale, to discuss In Memory of Memory, a bold exploration of cultural and personal memory published in English for the first time.

Part of the Baillie Gifford Non-fiction Series

Following the death of her aunt, Maria Stepanova was left to sift through an apartment full of faded photographs, old postcards, letters, diaries, and heaps of souvenirs: a withered repository of a century of life in Russia. Carefully reassembled with calm, steady hands, these shards tell the story of how a seemingly ordinary Jewish family somehow managed to survive the myriad persecutions and repressions of the last hundred years. In dialogue with writers like Roland Barthes, W. G. Sebald, Susan Sontag, and Osip Mandelstam, In Memory of Memory is imbued with rare intellectual curiosity and a wonderfully soft-spoken, poetic voice. Dipping into various forms – essay, fiction, memoir, travelogue, and historical documents – Stepanova assembles a vast panorama of ideas and personalities and offers an entirely new and bold exploration of cultural and personal memory. Chaired by Daniel Hahn, writer, editor and translator. 

Author Biographies

Maria Stepanova is a poet, essayist, journalist, and the author of ten poetry collections and three books of essays. She has received several Russian and international literary awards (including the prestigious Andrey Bely Prize and Joseph Brodsky Fellowship). In Memory of Memory, a documentary novel, won Russia’s Bolshaya Kniga Award in 2018. Her collection of poems, War of the Beasts and the Animals, is published by Bloodaxe in Sasha Dugdale’s translation in 2021. Stepanova is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online independent crowd-sourced journal Colta.ru, which covers the cultural, social, and political reality of contemporary Russia. 

Sasha Dugdale is a poet, playwright, and translator born in Sussex, England. She has worked as a consultant for theatre companies in addition to writing her own plays. From 1995 to 2000, she worked for the British Council in Russia. She is author of the poetry collections Deformations (2020); Joy (2017), winner of the 2017 Poetry Book Society Winter Choice Award; Red House (2011); The Estate (2007); and Notebook (2003). Dugdale’s honours include the SOA Cholmondeley Award and the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (for “Joy”). She has translated Russian poetry and drama, including Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. From 2012 to 2017, she served as editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, and she is co-director of the Winchester Poetry Festival. 

Daniel Hahn (chair) is a writer, editor, and translator with some sixty-something books to his name. His work has won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, and the International Dublin Literary Award, and he has been shortlisted for the Booker International Prize, among others. 

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Part of the Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction Series