First and second day of the festival in pictures

Although the unfortunately timed maintenance of Flickr has somewhat prolonged the wait for this year’s photographic pleasure, we are now happy to show Dmitri Kotjuh’s brilliant images from the first two festival days. You are also warmly recommended to visit the Design and Architecture Gallery – the exhibition of Dmitri Kotjuh’s portraits from previous festivals … Continued

The HeadRead literary festival kicks off

The Tallinn HeadRead literary festival kicks off with a preliminary event tonight at 5 pm at the National Library of Estonia, with the Estonian-English poetry evening Spores and Sparks. Festival guest Philip Gross talks about his Estonian roots and reads his poems, while Doris Kareva, one of the best known Estonian poets in the English-speaking … Continued

Literary walk with Josef Kats in the Old Town

We are happy to announce the addition of another literary walk to our programme – Josef Kats will guide you around the Old Town on Saturday 25 May at 12 pm. The walk is in Russian and the assembly point is at the Estonian Writers’ Union (Harju 1). Register by emailing

Renowned political analysts added to the lineup of HeadRead festival

This year’s HeadRead festival (22-26 May) will feature two renowned political analysts, David Patrikarakos and Anton Shekhovtsov. The British journalist and presenter David Patrikarakos gained recognition with his book on the nuclear capacities of Iran and the international situation entitled Nuclear Iran: Birth of An Atomic State (2012). Five years later, he published War in … Continued

HeadRead is looking for volunteers

The HeadRead literary festival is looking for volunteers for the period of 21-26 May 2019. The main tasks of volunteers include providing information and booklets at the info desk, taking care of the main festival venue (managing the microphone in the Q&A part of talks, changing books on the stage and cleaning the tables between … Continued

HeadRead presents a substantial programme of Estonian literature

In addition to presenting international guests, the HeadRead literary festival has always considered it vital to showcase gems of Estonian literature and give the audience an insight into the currents of the local literary scene. For the first time, the programme features a morning coffee with Estonian authors who will present their poetry in Estonian … Continued

The international guests of this year’s HeadRead festival include Julian Barnes and David Lagercrantz

The HeadRead literary festival published its complete list of international guests; Tallinn will be hosting renowned authors from around the world. The festival is happy to welcome the renowned and beloved British author Julian Barnes. Having also written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh, his international fame increased in 2011 when he won the … Continued

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