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Event Series Event Series: Russian Women

Famous Russian Women

6 November 2023: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

5 week course

– Famous Russian Women –

History & Culture

The course is based on PowerPoint presentations, supplemented with period artefacts, links to video and audio materials, interactive tasks and reading lists.

LECTURER: Marina Burrell, MA, MEd & PGCE

Marina was born in St. Petersburg and brought up in the Soviet Union. After finishing high school and music school in Siberia, she studied pedagogy, languages, linguistics, history, literature, aesthetics, arts and economics in Moscow, Tallinn and Cambridge before, in London, obtaining an MA in Applied Linguistics and a PGCE in Teacher Training.

Marina’s international experience includes working in Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Germany, Holland, USA, UK and Kazakhstan. She has taught as a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) and the University of Essex; she has been an Examiner and Teacher Trainer at the University of Cambridge since 2005 and a WEA lecturer since 2015.

Marina’s personal and professional background enables her to speak with authority on Russian and Eastern European history, politics and culture. 

Many remarkable Russian women have made considerable contributions to Russian and World history and culture, for example:-

  • A ballet dancer inspired Picasso to revamp his style.
  • A feminist turned into a diplomat after falling out with Lenin.
  • A ‘Kremlin Princess’ caused a scandal by defecting to the West.
  • An opera diva rescued Solzhenitsyn and befriended Benjamin Britten.

You will discover new names and unveil mysteries about some familiar historical figures.

How to book

Advance booking and payment to reserve places is politely requested. The fee for the five week course is £30.


    Venue: Ravensthorpe Village Hall, 1, High Street NN6 8EH

    Book your place with either:

    Mo Cobbe at

    mo@mikecobbe.com Tel: 01604 328822

    Or: Graham Metcalfe at

    gm@grahammetcalfe.net Tel 07894 424328


    6 November 2023
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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