Voices from Russia

Friday, 9 October 2015

Lugansk Poet Yelena Zaslavskaya Won Sergei Yesenin International Literary Award

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Lugansk poet Yelena Zaslavskaya won the “О Русь, взмахни крылами…” (“O Russia, Spread Thy Wings …”) Sergei Yesenin International Literary Award for her collection Год войны (A Year of War). She told us:

On the eve of the 120th anniversary of Yesenin’s birth, the official award ceremony took place in Moscow. I was amongst the winners in the category “Слово Победы” (Victory Words) for my collection Год войны (A Year of War), which included poems written in 2014-15. In this category, there were 160 submissions. I received the Золотая осень (Golden Autumn) award… I’ll do my best to live up to it.

The Writers’ Union of Russia and the National Endowment for Culture and Tourism established the Sergei Yesenin all-Russian Literary Award in 2005, since 2010, it’s been an international distinction. The “О Русь, взмахни крылами…” (“O Russia, Spread Thy Wings …”) competition occurs biannually, awarding prizes in several categories. Its purpose is to identify the most original and brilliant poetry, critical works on Russian poetry, and popular song-writing, to engage readers and stimulate public interest in Russian poetry. It also wants to enhance the prestige of Russian literature, to augment its social significance and its role in developing society and individuals. The Union of Writers of Russia, the Moscow City Organisation of the Writers’ Union of Russia, the RF Gosduma, the RF Federation Council, and many other official bodies in the Russian Federation support this award.

Yelena Zaslavskaya graduated from gimnaziya in Lisichansk, with a major in humanities and aesthetics; she has a diploma in physics and mathematics from the Taras Shevchenko Lugansk National University. She studied “project management” at the Matusovsky Lugansk Academy of Culture and Arts. Zaslavskaya worked as a journalist in local television, newspapers, and internet publications. She wrote three collections of poetry (Эпоха моей любви (The Era of My Love), Мамині сльози (Mama’s Tears), and Инстинкт Свободы (Instinct of Freedom)), along with numerous publications in poetry anthologies, online publications, and literary periodicals. Now, she lives and works in Lugansk and is a member of the LNR Writers’ Union.

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Click here for her webpage and click here for her Facebook page

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

1 January 2013. A Suggestion from your Editor… Check Out Don Watson from Oz… GOOD STUFF

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Don Watson is one of the most effective writers of English out there. Here’s a good example (this is the main page for his essays in The Monthly). He hates jargon, he hates weasel words, and he hates imprecision. What’s to dislike? I’ll go even farther… if your work involves the use of words, his writings are de rigueur. I’m not being hyperbolic. If you spend just a little time with Mr Watson, trust me, you’ll catch the good contagion from him, and it’ll do you nothing but good (have a slug off the jug afterwards and kiss your dear ones, that’ll make it a trifecta). Here are his three must-read books:

NB: Two of the above have “click to look inside” links… do so. You won’t be disappointed!

They’ve been a great aid to me and my writing… I commend them VERY highly to you. BUY THEM. READ THEM. HEED THEM. Good Stuff, kids… and I don’t say that lightly. I wanted to give a real New Year present to all of my literate friends. This is it… my recommendation. You won’t be disappointed in the least. Also, click here for Weaselwords, also from Oz… keep smilin’… that truly fries their ice and riles ’em…


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1 January 2012

Civil New Year

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