Jo Seaman on Roses Down the Barrel of a Gun - Georgia: Love & Revolution
Thursday 23 December 6-8 pm
St Michael's Church, Shute EX13 7QR
An illustrated talk with Georgian wine, music and nibbles to follow. Jo Seaman, former cultural attache at British Embassy in Tbilisi in conversation with Bijan Omrani on Georgia: land of wine, poetry and mountains and a rose revolution. Georgia 2001. “Your mission, Jo, should you choose to accept it, is to find out what young Georgians want,” said the man from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, or words to that effect. “We’re keen to know what will happen when President Shevardnadze moves on.” Jo Seaman went to the South Caucasus as director of the British Council in Georgia at a time of political uncertainty and turmoil. In attempting to fulfil her mission of cultural diplomacy she rubs shoulders with ballerinas and border guards, ambassadors and activists, ministers and musicians, despots and dodgy officials. Jo's intimate descriptions of a culture only relatively recently emerged from the shadow of the Iron Curtain are underpinned with a genuine warmth and compassion for the Georgian people. A consummate diplomat, Jo needs all her skills as she ventures out into the fraught and often amusing sphere of international relations, and is drawn into the heady events of the Rose Revolution. And life at home is far from uneventful...