British poet with Russian roots wins Pushkin In Britain poetry competition

A British poet with Russian roots has won the poetry competition at the Pushkin In Britain Festival.

Olga Tabachnikova was picked as the 'queen of poets' at the festival held to commemorate the anniversary of the famous writer's birth June 6, 1799.

The event was part of the 13th annual international festival of Russian poetry hosted in London by the Russian Embassy in the UK. Jury head festival founder Oleg Borushko, said poems by Tabachnikova deserved the accolade "queen of poets."

Shortly before the festival opened the first ever blue disc memorial plaque to Nobel prize-winning Russian-born poet Joseph Brodsky was unveiled.

Brodsky, who would have turned 75 this year, always stayed in Camden during his frequent visits to London. The site will now be commemorated with the distinctive plaque.

First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.


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