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.
29. June 2016
Conversation of Jason Goodwin and Donna Leon now available online!
The talk between Jason Goodwin and Donna Leon at this year's festival is now available for watching online at ETV2's homepage. Directed by Elo Selirand, produced by Kadi Priske.
27. June 2016
Donna Leon and Jason Goodwin on ETV2
On Tuesday, 28 June at 8 pm (EST) ETV2 will broadcast the conversation of Jason Goodwin and Donna Leon, held at festival HeadRead on Friday, 27 May 2016.
4. June 2016
HeadRead 2015 in photos
You can now relive the highlights of the festival through Dmitri Kotjuh's fantastic photos, available on the festival's Flickr page.