HeadRead 2013

© Kärt Kukkur

© Kärt Kukkur

This year is a special one for the literature festival HeadRead – the readable feast takes place already for the fifth time. In late spring, from 29 May until 2 June, you can be a part of already well-known and loved events, but also enjoy some new programmes and guests. 


The provisional list of foreign guests is a potent selection of exciting authors from various countries. The United Kingdom is represented by the science fiction writer Charlie Stross, historian Keith Lowe, actress and novelist Sarah Winman and poet and novelist John Burnside. The guest authors also include Maria Stepnova (Russia), Juha Vuorinen (Finland), Anders de la Motte (Sweden), Paolo Nori (Italy), Jennifer Johnston (Ireland), Andrey Hadanovich (Belarus), and visiting the festival for the second time, Sofi Oksanen (Finland), and our unofficial mascot Jason Goodwin (United Kingdom). 


The Estonian programme features some traditional events like literary walks – this year in Nõmme (with Jaanus Vaiksoo and Wimberg), the Metsakalmistu cemetery (with Toomas Haug and Maarja Vaino) and around mediaeval Tallinn (with Indrek Hargla and Ott Sandrak). The festival’s co-operation with the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, the Central Library of Tallinn and the café-cum-library Kapsad also continues. There is also the usual fare of engaging panels: a discussion of literature teachers, non-fiction and books about plants and herbs, and foreign publishers discussing the chances of small languages making it in the wider literary world.  

There are more exciting events in store, which will appear in the complete programme on our website and our Facebook page.