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Daphne Astor and Sasha Dugdale with Claire Armistead: Ledbury Poetry Festival

Friday 8 Jul 2022, 14:00 to 15:00

Burgage Hall


In this final session discussing the life and work of the giants on whose shoulders contemporary writer's stand, we consider the Odessa-born dissident poet Irina Ratushinskaya with her friend, the poet, poetry curator and publisher Daphne Astor, the poet and Russian translator, Sasha Dugdale and Claire Armistead, Associate Editor at The Guardian. Ratushinskaya was sentenced in March 1983 to seven years' hard labour and five years' internal exile on a charge of 'agitation carried on for the purpose of subverting or weakening the soviet regime.' Her poems, smuggled out of the labour camp were published by Bloodaxe as No, I'm Not Afraid and she was released in 1986 shortly after Reagan and Gorbachev were given copies of her work. She was also the author of two volumes of memoir - Grey is the Colour of Hope and In the Beginning, and a novel The Odessans. 

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