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. January 2017
HeadRead 2017: Catherine Merridale
We are delighted to welcome back the renowned British historian Catherine Merridale, who was a guest at the festival in 2014. Her most recent book Lenin on the Train follows Lenin's tense train journey back to Russia during the First World War. Read more on the book on the author's official site.
2. January 2017
HeadRead 2017: Louise O'Neill
We're kicking off the new year with another wonderful festival guest: Irish author Louise O'Neill, best known for her bestselling novel Asking For It, which was named the overall Book of The Year at the Irish Book Awards 2015. You can read the Irish Times review ...
19. December 2016
HeadRead 2017: Ann Cleeves
We are happy to announce our next guest: British crime writer Ann Cleeves, whose novel Raven Black won the prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger award. The official site of the author is here.