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.
27. July 2016
Peter Pomerantsev's conversation online now
You can now watch the conversation of Peter Pomerantsev and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, held at this year's festival on 29 May at the Estonian Writers' Union, on ETV2's website. Directed by Elo Selirand, produced by...
26. July 2016
Peter Pomerantsev on ETV2
On Tuesday, 26 July at 8 pm EEST, the ETV2 channel will broadcast the conversation between Peter Pomerantsev and Toomas Hendrik Ilves at this year's festival. The conversation is in English with Estonian subtitl...
21. July 2016
Sofi Oksanen's talk now available online!
Sofi Oksanen's talk with Jan Kaus, held at this year's festival on 28 May at the Estonian Writers' Union, is now available for watching on ETV2's website. The conversation is in Estonian and Finnish with Estonian subtitles. Dir...