The Tallinn HeadRead literary festival, like Tallinn itself, is small but perfectly formed. Run by Estonian writers, publishers and translators, the festival is a feast, a conversation and a joy, as the beautiful city opens up to interesting writers from all over the world. Winter has fled, the Summer is full of promise, and the festival unfolds as a marvellous party, held by the wittiest hosts, who look after their guests wonderfully well, engaging with them off, as well as on, the podium.
Estonian summers sparkle, because they are so brief, and it seems that everything in this tiny country is slightly smaller, and noticeably brighter, than elsewhere. The humour is sharper, the lessons of history clearer, the old buildings more completely preserved, the audiences more engaged: everything appears more concentrated and intense, from the light to the conversation.
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The latest information about HeadRead festivals is always available on the current website of the festival at http://headread.ee/en
Festival HeadRead Special Event: Lyudmila Ulitskaya
On 11 September 2015, Lyudmila Ulitskaya will visit Estonia as a special guest of festival HeadRead. Lyudmila Ulitskaya (1943) is one of Russia’s most internationally renowned authors, and winner of several awards; she is the first woman to win the prestigious Russian Booker Prize (i...
HeadRead 2015 media coverage
Autumn is here, so it is a perfect time to look back on the festival, the harbinger of summer. It is also a nice transition to a new season, which holds some surprises. Stay tuned! In Estonian "Krista Kaer: kõik saavad ühe summa, HeadReadil peaesinejaid ei ole", Madis Järvekülg, ...