A UCLan lecturer has been dubbed the “Queen of Russian Poetry” by an international writing festival.Advertisement
Dr Olga Tabachnikova received the Pushkin in Britain 2015 prize after winning a competition for poets based abroad.
She lecturers in Russian studies at the University of Central Lancashire and has been writing poetry since her childhood.
She said: “I am very pleased to be distinguished in this way. It’s very important for any person who writes, especially poetry – which is a very individual, even alienating activity – to have their work recognised.
“These are high moments, even though for an artist the real triumph is a creative process itself. But such poetic awards are also, if you like, an expression of faith, which at the same time increases your feeling of responsibility. So it is simultaneously a rewarding and demanding happening.”