I am excited – and frankly astounded – to be able to say that I will be going to Finland in August this year. I have had a paper accepted for the Imagined Worlds conference at Helsinki University, which will be running 21-23 August. I am doing a short paper on the ‘imagined world’ of The Zone in both the Strugatskys’ novel and in Tarkovsky’s film.

Inexplicably, I have constantly had Finland in the back of my mind for about the last three years. It’s a very long way to go from Brisbane Australia, so of course I want to build a larger research trip around the conference days. I am hoping to visit Sweden, Estonia and Russia during this same trip. As it happens, I have just enrolled in Introductory Russian at UQ (because my PhD clearly wasn’t enough to keep me busy), so everything is lining-up very nicely.

Ideally, I’d like to see some Tarkovsky-related sites, and do one or more brief writing residencies, as well as participate in poetry events as I travel around.

If you know of any Tarkovsky or poetry-related events happening in these parts of the world in August (and perhaps even early September), please drop me a line. I would love to be part of a few poetry readings on the other side of the world!