Wimberg (1979) is the pen name of Jaak Urmet, an Estonian poet, prose writer, literary historian and children’s author. He emerged on the literary scene in the late 1990s as one of the most vocal members of the TNT literary group. In 2002, his semi-autobiographical debut novel Lipamäe announced his talent as a prose writer. However, he is mostly known as a poet, his poetry is expressive and chanting, and he knows how to make the most of these qualities in his live performances. His work also cherishes humour, playfulness and the conviction that no subject is too base for poetry – for example, his 2010 collection Eesti köökk comprises slogan-like poems about tasty food. His prose is equally playful; in 2009, he published Eesti naise õnn (The Happiness of the Estonian Woman) under the pseudonym Grete Márquez, parodying the rhetoric and desire for everything foreign that abounds in women’s magazines. Wimberg is also a recognised children’s author, the screenwriter of the popular children’s programme Buratino tegutseb jälle (Buratino Is Back). In 2005, his poems written for the show were published in the collection Buratino laulud (Songs of Buratino) and a selection of scripts was published in Buratino tegutseb jälle. 15 valitud lugu (Buratino Is Back. 15 Selected Stories, 2010). Wimberg meets his readers with Jaanus Vaiksoo.
|Thursday, 23 May at 14:00||Jaanus Vaiksoo and Wimberg||Estonian Children's Literature Centre|