Different ideas of grace and disgrace occupied John Bunyan and Oscar Wilde in prison; Madame Roland and Anne Frank wrote themselves into history in various forms of memoir; and Jean Cassou and Irina Ratushinskaya
voiced their resistance to totalitarianism through lyric poetry that saved their lives and inspired others.
The book for discussion is "Grey is the Colour of Hope" by Irina Ratushinskaya
. For further details, please contact the Church office.
Bloodaxe published the first book by celebrated poet Simon Armitage and in 1986 helped to secure the release of Russian writer Irina Ratushinskaya
, who was ailing in a labour camp where she had been sent for daring to writing poetry.
This was a revised version of 'No, I'm not afraid' (strange that merely swapping the original oboe part for a soprano saxophone - here the admirable Amy Dickson - should be described as a world premiere), a realisation of six poems by Russian dissident Irina Ratushinskaya
for speaker (Beamish herself narrated) and chamber ensemble.
Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Derek Walcott, and Seamus Heaney, as well as many other fascinating writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Annie Proulx, Richard Powers, Ben Okri, Ivan Klima, Carlos Fuentes, Andrei Voznesensky, Irina Ratushinskaya
The experience was to lead to friendships with several former Soviet dissidents, including Solzhenitsyn himself, Irina Ratushinskaya
and Vladimir Bukovsky.
In 1986 he campaigned vigorously for the release of Russian poet Irina Ratushinskaya
, who was imprisoned unfairly by the Soviet regime.
In the 1980s he locked himself in a replica of a Soviet prison cell for 46 days during Lent to highlight the plight of Russian poet Irina Ratushinskaya
. She was later released by then Soviet President Michail Gorbachev.
A sort of sequel to Mandelstam's autobiography is also by a woman, but a woman-poet and Russian orthodox believer, Irina Ratushinskaya
, who wrote Gray is the Color of Hope (1990) primarily not about herself but about a group of fellow women political prisoners in a concentration camp from 1983-1986.
Appearing at "Blood and Letters," a conference in London organized by the women's theater company, The Spinx, in conjunction with the National Theatre's education department, she shared the platform with dissident Ukrainian poet Irina Ratushinskaya
and Amrit Wilson, a writer and activist on black women's and anti racist issues.
was educated at Odessa University and taught physics in Odessa from 1976 to 1978.
Stark and appropriately full of rage, many of her poems, especially those written from and about prison, remind me of the work of the Russian poet Irina Ratushinskaya
, not only in their depiction of incarceration but also in their simple, direct style.