Saturday 27 June 2015 - 00:00
Moscow, Muzeon Park of Arts

An interesting book can enrich any leisure time and transform an ordinary weekend into an intellectual feast.  Open air readings and discussions about well-loved authors have always been one of the favourite activities of intellectuals in the UK and Russia and an eternal source of inspiration for literary festival programmers all over the world.  

This year for the first time Ahmad Tea in Russia and British Council Russia are launching a Literature Summer programme as part of the annual Ahmad Tea Music Festival. The programme will take place on 27 June 2015 from 11.00 to 17.00 in Muzeon Park of Arts.

Programme participants including established British and Russian writers, publishers and critics will talk about trends in the contemporary literature scene and its traditions, tips and tricks of the creative process, rules related to the publishing industry and connections between literature and major cultural concepts such as history, language and mythology. 

Apart from lectures and discussions, the programme includes presentations of books and a children’s activity zone.

All Literature Summer events will take place in Russian or in English with simultaneous translation into Russian. Attendance is free, registration is required. 


Main stages. Open-air summer cinema hall. 

11.00 – 11.45 Vladimir Sharov: "Literature and History"
12.00 – 12.45 Adam Foulds: "Strangers in Litarature"
13.00 – 14.00 Tatiana Tolstaya: "From Novel to Short Story"
14.15 – 15.00 Ian McDonald: " 'Army of Me': how our validation culture has made us incapable of solidarity"
15.15 – 16.15 Robert Irwin: "Far Away and Long Ago: The Orient of Western Adventurers in Youth and Old Age"
16.30 – 17.30 Vera Polozkova: Readings

Second stages. Shardam café.

12.00 – 13.00 Natasha FairweatherGleb Uspensky: "Is the book and the publishing industry still relevant in today’s changing marketplace?"
13.30 – 14.30 Kirill Serebrennikov: "Theatre as Literature"
15.00 – 16.00 John Mullan: "The Tricks of Contemporary Fiction"
16.00 – 17.00 Yury Saprykin: "New Middle Ages: How  Literature Invented 2015"

For accreditation and general inquiries please contact the representatives of Ahmad Tea in Russia at