Joined 5 years ago from Todmorden, UK
I am passionate about languages and writing. I wrote my first poem in Russian when I was 9, my first poem in English when I was 14. I have been writing academic, journalist and creative texts for 20 years.
I have been writing content for organisations in media, sustainability, community and religious fields.
A native Russian speaker with a Ukrainian Father, I lived in the US for a year when I was 16. I have been living in the UK since 2002.
I have been translating and interpreting extensively while working on my PhD at The University of Manchester. I also taught Russian there. I have been translating media texts, researching Russian Internet, doing transcribing and teaching English as a freelancer.
My poetry and prose have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the UK.
A collection of short stories Daughters Across Borders, to which I contributed a short stroy about my Father, has been published in 2014by Indigo Dreams.
I paint watercolours, draw and make collages. I perform with my poetry and frame drum, and do story telling.
In Todmorden, where I now live, I weave the web of life through knitting, crocheting and vegetable growing. I volunteered for Cornholme Community Project and worked for The Old Library.
My latest passion is frame drums. I facilitate Todmorden Frame Drum Group and lead Incidentals - the performing arm of the group. We perform at local events and festivals and are working on an album.
I am on a journey of discovering the Sacred Feminine – through my writing, frame drumming, shamanic journeyin, and working through books such as Women who run with the wolves, When God was a Woman, Red Moon by Miranda Gray, and When the Drummers Were Women.
I come from the emerald heart of the largest expanse of woods on earth: the lush Taiga. I studied domra (a Russian traditional instrument), Arts, Politics and Japanese language in my native city of Tomsk. Having moved to Manchester, I got PhD in Government and a black belt in Ko Do Ryu Karate.
I have been volunteering in sustainability and for Amnesty International. I am a proud member of the Vegan Society and the Green Party of England and Wales.
I served as an Officer of the University of Manchester Buddhist Society while studying for a PhD in Government, and has been involved in organising the Manchester Buddhist Convention, now in its 9th year.
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