Dostoevsky on BBC Radio and at the British Library

Over the next two weeks, Dostoevsky will feature on BBC Radio. Here are the details:

Thursday 4 November

BBC World Service’s The Forum  focuses on Dostoevsky’s The Devils. Listen to host Bridget Kendall and guests Prof. Carol Apollonio, Dr Sarah Hudspith and Prof Tatyana Kowalewska discussing the novel.

Broadcast time 10:06 GMT. Listen via the BBC World Service website.

Tuesday 9 November

BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme Front Row will feature a segment on Dostoevsky, with Kevin Birmingham, author of forthcoming book The Sinner and the Saint, and Dr Sarah Hudspith.

Broadcast time 19:15 GMT. Listen via the BBC Radio 4 website.

Thursday 11 November

BBC Radio 4 will air a programme entitled Dostoevsky and the Russian Soul, hosted by former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.

Broadcast time 11:30 GMT. Listen via the BBC  Radio 4 website.


There is also a live online event at the British Library:

Tuesday 9 November

The Living Dostoevsky: Adaptation and Translation

Online panel with Alex Christofi, Viv Groskop, Elizabeth Newman and Oliver Ready.

Time: 19:30-20:45 GMT

Details and booking link 

Dostoevsky Bicentenary Events

In 2021, Dostoevsky turns 200. In 2021-22, Dostoevsky Now at the University of Leeds has collaborated with a number of international partners to co-sponsor a series of events to mark Dostoevsky’s bicentenary.

All events will be held online, are free, and are open to the public (with registration).

Details are below and will be updated as they are confirmed.

Wednesday 22 September 2021, 12pm EDT
Public Roundtable: Dostoevsky at 200. The Novel in Modernity
Event page | Recording on YouTube

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 5pm BST (12pm EDT)
Public Talk: Dr Chloe Kitzinger (Rutgers University), “The lives of characters in Dostoevsky and Tolstoy”, hosted by the University of Toronto
Recording on YouTube | Part of the North American Dostoevsky Society Bicentenary Speaker Series

Thursday 28 October 2021, 5pm BST (12pm EDT)
Panel: Graduate research on Dostoevsky at 200
Recording on YouTube

Thursday 11 November 2021, Midnight, GMT (7pm EST)
Virtual Birthday Party!
Event page | Registration link

Monday 29 November 2021, 5pm GMT (12pm EST)
Public Roundtable: Dostoevsky, Russia and nationalism in the global era.
Speakers: Ani Kokobobo (University of Kansas), Lynn Ellen Patyk (Dartmouth College), Vlad Strukov (University of Leeds), Vera Tolz (University of Manchester), Jennifer Wilson (New York Times Book Review / The Nation).
Event page | Registration link

Thursday 9 December 2021, 6pm GMT (1pm EST)
Public Talk: Dr Kate Holland (University of Toronto), “Temporality in Dostoevsky’s imperial imagination”, hosted by the University of Bristol
Details coming soon | Part of the NADS Bicentenary Speaker Series

Friday 28 January 2022, time TBC
Undergraduate research panel
Details and call for papers coming soon

Thank you to organizers Dr Katherine Bowers, Dr Kate Holland, Dr Sarah Hudspith, Dr Katya Jordan and Dr Sarah J Young.

Thank you also to our sponsors without whose support these events would not be possible:

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Digital event on Dostoevsky and Ferrante 6 May 2021

On Thursday 6 May 7pm UK time, Sarah Hudspith and Olivia Santovetti, University of Leeds, will be in conversation on the subject “Illuminating the chaos and the obscurity: Ferrante and Dostoevsky in dialogue”. They will discuss the congruences between the two authors and read passages from their novels, followed by Q&A with the audience. The event will be chaired by Richard Hibbitt, co-director of the University of Leeds Centre for World Literatures, and it will be hosted online by the Ilkley Literature Festival.

The event is free to join and will be broadcast on Crowdcast. Click here for full details together with the registration information.

A recording of the event is available on the Ilkley Literature Festival YouTube channel.

Counting down to D-Day!

We are all set for our Dostoevsky Day on 19 February, and we have two piece of good news.

Firstly, our guest Oliver Ready‘s translation of Crime and Punishment has been shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize. We wish Oliver every success.

Secondly, Eduard Chasovitin, the creative force behind Adipictures Dostoevsky Film and the designer of the artwork for our Dostoevsky Day, has made us a short welcome cartoon. Enjoy!

Dostoevsky Day: 150 years since the first publication of Crime and Punishment

To commemorate the publication anniversary of this iconic landmark of Russian literature, the University of Leeds invites you to an afternoon of events devoted to the author Fyodor Dostoevsky on Friday 19 February 2016, featuring talks, screenings of film and photography,  interactive web art and games.

For the full programme, see our previous Events posting.

The event is free of charge, and open to all.

For any enquiries please email or tweet us @dostoevskynow.

All welcome!

Dostoevsky Day Programme!

Dostoevsky Day
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Crime and Punishment
Friday 19 February 2016
Room B10, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane


14:00     Welcome and introduction

14:15     Discovering Crime and Punishment

Screening of an extract from the BBC’s 2002 adaptation of the novel, followed by discussion.

15:00     Translating Crime and Punishment

Oliver Ready (St Antony’s College, Oxford), translator of the 2014 Penguin edition of the novel, talks to Jacob Blakesley (Centre for Translation Studies, University of Leeds).

16:00     Being Dostoevsky

The work of Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, performance artist and Dostoevsky impersonator, displayed and discussed by Olga Andreevskikh (PhD student, University of Leeds).

16:30     Playing Dostoevsky

Eduard Chasovitin‘s Dostoevsky-inspired online games and web art, explored by Dan Fuller (PhD student, University of Leeds) in an interactive session. Bring your tablets/smartphones!

17:00     Re-imagining Crime and Punishment’s detective

R. N. Morris, author of a series of detective novels featuring Crime and Punishment’s Porfiry Petrovich, talks to Sarah Hudspith (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds).

18:00     Concluding remarks, followed by Dostoevsky-themed quiz in The Packhorse pub (Woodhouse Lane). Prizes featuring original artwork!

Next reading group meeting Wednesday 9 December

The next meeting of the Crime and Punishment reading group will be Wednesday 9 December at 16:00 in SR10, Emmanuel Centre, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

This week we will focus on the police investigation and Raskolnikov’s interaction with Porfiry Petrovich.

If you missed the first week, you can still join, in person, on the blog or on Twitter! It’s recommended to read at least up to the end of Part III of the novel for this week.

Save the date! Leeds Dostoevsky Day 19 February 2016

We look forward to inviting you to our Dostoevsky Day on Friday 19 February 2016 at the University of Leeds, featuring discussion, films, games and more.

Confirmed speaker: Dr Oliver Ready, St Antony’s College, Oxford, translator of a new edition of Crime and Punishment (Penguin, 2014).

More details to follow soon.

Open to all!

Crime and Punishment reading group

Klodt_Michail_Petrovich_-_Raskolnikov_and_Marmeladov2016 will be the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting a reading group on the novel. The group is open to anyone, and we hope it will be a friendly space where people can share their impressions of this wonderful book.

You can find Crime and Punishment for free in downloadable format or to read online here:

There will be three meetings in person at the University of Leeds:
Where: Seminar room 10 in the Emmanuel Centre on Woodhouse Lane
Dates: Wednesday 18th November, Wednesday 9 December, Wednesday 27 January
Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm

In between these meetings, the discussion will continue via the Dostoevsky Now blog and on Twitter.

Please join us, in person, online, or both!