Russians to try their hand at reading British poems and prose

The British Embassy in Moscow, in tandem with the Interregional Federation of Reading, is to hold Russia's first contest in reading aloud in two languages.

Participants in the competition, titled "Loud Allowed," will be asked to perform in public, reading excerpts from Russian and British literature aloud without any preparation. The texts will feature both prosaic and poetic pieces.

The Loud Allowed contest will commemorate the centenary of the First World War, with readings to include works by famous British poets from those times and excerpts from the letters of those who participated in the war, as well as modern literature.

The contest aimes to highlight the common history of the UK and Russia during the time of the First World War, highlight the rich literary traditions of both countries and identify Russia's most talented narrators.

The qualifying stages of the contest will take place in Moscow (April 14), Krasnoyarsk (April 20), Vladivostok (May 14), Kazan (May 20) and Arkhangelsk (May 25).

The winners of the qualifying rounds will take part in the final round, to be held in Moscow in June.

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