Registration for the events of HeadRead festival begins

HEADREAD LITERARY FESTIVAL Press release 11.05.2017 Registration for the literary walks and workshops at HeadRead festival is now open. Literary walks are a tradition of HeadRead and every year, we offer something new. This year, there are five walks in total, from Thursday to Saturday. Josef Kats guides a walk aroudn the Old Town (in … Continued

HeadRead found many volunteers

We are happy to see such enthusiastic feedback to our call for volunteers. We have now compiled a capable team and are no longer looking for new volunteers. Until next year!  

HeadRead is looking for volunteers

The HeadRead festival is again looking for bright volunteers, who would be needed for the entire duration of the festival – from 24 May to 28 May. If you are free on those days, love literature and are keen to help, please contact Ingrid Velbaum-Staub (

Changes to the programme

Several changes have occurred in the programme. Sadly, the concert of Paddy Moloney and Triona Marshall and the panel discussion on the reception of the novels of Jaan Kross are cancelled. In connection with that change, pUULUUp will perform on Saturday 27 May at 20. We are also happy to announce the addition of another panel … Continued

HeadRead literary festival pays homage to the Republic of Finland

LITERARY FESTIVAL HEADREAD Press release 5 April 2017 In exactly seven weeks, the HeadRead literary festival will kick off, featuring 75 events over five days, and 112 literary performers from Estonia and abroad. Starting from Thursday, the festival programme features a series of panel discussions dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Finland, … Continued

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.

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 here and the Guardian review here. Have a look at … Continued

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.

Guests of HeadRead 2017: Simon Clark

We are happy to announce that our 2017 lineup will include British author Simon Clark. Simon Clark is the author of such highly-regarded novels as Nailed by the Heart, Darker, Blood Crazy, Vampyrrhic, Lucifer’s Ark and The Night of the Triffids (winner of a British Fantasy Society award). His short stories have appeared in an abundance of … Continued

Guests of HeadRead 2017: Tan Twan Eng

The festival is happy to announce that the lineup of next year’s festival will include the Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng, best known for his acclaimed novel The Garden of Evening Mists.

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