A talk with Elizabeth Ducie about her career in writing and experiences after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Fifteen years of snow, roulette and vodka! In 1993, a naïve young woman got on a plane for Moscow. She’d been working in pharmaceuticals for more than ten years; she was experienced in modern manufacturing techniques; she thought she was going to save the Russian industry, or at least part of it, all by herself. How wrong she was! Nothing she’d seen so far could prepare her for what she was about to find in a country still reeling from the collapse of the Soviet Union and a harsh winter of little food.
Over the course of the next fifteen years, Elizabeth Ducie made more than one hundred visits to Russia and the Former Soviet Union countries, working with companies and working with governments. She learned a lot about a totally different way of life; a different culture and a different people. And she learned how to survive the Siberian climate. In this presentation, Elizabeth will talk about her time in Russia, what she achieved, what she learned about the Russians and about herself; and how she turned her experiences into her prize-winning debut novel, Gorgito’s Ice Rink.