Estonian Literature Day 2024

For the second time, Estonia celebrates the national Estonian Literature Day with events across the country. For nonnative speakers, here are some resources to getting to know Estonian literature. Best Estonian books in translation in 2023 Estonian Literature Centre – extensive information on Estonian authors with profiles, translated excerpts and more. Estonian Literary Magazine – … Continued

Remembering A. S. Byatt

Krista Kaer On Thursday 16 November, Antonia Susan Byatt, a writer and literary critic, died aged 87. She visited the HeadRead festival in Tallinn in 2014. Her most famous novel Possession, which won the Booker Prize in 1990, has been translated into Estonian. Byatt’s knowledge of literature was admired by all her contemporaries, she was … Continued

Eleven talks of HeadRead will be available on the Jupiter platform

Eleven talks in total from this year’s HeadRead festival are published on the free Jupiter platform of Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR), with ten already available for watching. It is the first time such a large share of the festival’s programme is broadcast.  The eighth season of ERR’s programme Kirjanduse aeg (The Time of Literature) features … Continued

Thank you!

The fourteenth HeadRead is now done – thanks to our guests, volunteers and many-many people and organisations who provided invaluable help with organising this literary feast.  International guests Jussi Adler-Olsen, Anna Auziņa, Annette Bjergfeldt, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Javier Cercas, Elin Cullhed, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, Oksana Drachkovska, Tommaí Fegan, Seamus Ó Flatharta, Eva Frantz, Semjon Hanin, … Continued

HeadRead 2023 gallery: day five

It’s a wrap for this year – you can find the gallery of day five on our Flickr site. However, in a way, the festival continues until 6 June in the Tammsaare Park, where you can admire Dmitri Kotjuh’s portraits of the people of the Estonian literary scene.  

HeadRead 2023 gallery: day one and two

Once again, we are happy to have Dmitri Kotjuh cover our festival with his impeccable eye – the first and second day are now on the festival’s Flickr site. The portrait exhibition that grew out of previous festivals is open in the Tammsaare Park in Tallinn until 6 June.

Exhibition at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

From 23 May, the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre hosts exhibitions by two artists as part of the HeadRead festival. Ukrainian illustrator Oksana Drachkovska will talk to Indrek Koff who joined her in publishing the bilingual book Who Wins?. The Estonian translation of the graphic novel The Treasure of the Black Swan by Spanish artist Paco … Continued

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