Latvian poets attending Tallin "HeadRead" Literary Festival

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May 27, 2016

Latvian poets attending Tallin "HeadRead" Literary Festival

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The poet Kārlis Vērdiņš, text-group ""Orbita"", and the translator Maima Grīnberga gave readings during the renown "HeadRead" literary festival in Tallinn, Estonia. Over the seven years of the festival's existence, it has already been attended by world famous writers such as Boris Akunin, Sir Tom Stoppard, and Margaret Atwood.

This year, along with the well-known Estonian writer Andrius Kivireh, the Finnish author Sofi Oksanen, and even the president of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the festival was attended by the Latvian poet Kārlis Vērdiņš, multi-media poetry artists from "Orbita" group, and the celebrated translator Maima Grīnberga. Kārlis Vērdiņš, having received this year's Annual Literary Award for his collection "Pieaugušie" [Adults], read his poetry in the Estonian Writers' Union where he was joined by the Botswana spoken-word poetess TJ Dema, the Swiss writer Jacques Tornay, and the Finnish poet Heli Laaksonen.

The text-group "Orbita" members Semyon Khanin, Sergey Timofeyev, Artūrs Punte and Vladimir Svetlov performed on the stage of the Russian Theatre of Estonia, and organized a special poetry disco in the Tallinn's Must Puudel bar. Maima Grīnberga gave a master class in drama translation and took part in a panel discussing the role of Estonian contemporary writers within the global literary context. The festival "HeadRead" is hosted by various venues in Tallinn, Estonia.

The Estonian literary festival "HeadRead" was created in 2009 by two enthusiastic Estonians – Krista Kaer and Jan Kaus. They believe that the place of literature should be on stage, moreover, it should be performed in different ways. Within the short existence of the festival it has already been graced with the presence of such literary stars as the Czech-born British playwright Tom Stoppard, the Russian author of detectives and historical novels Boris Akunin, and the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood.

For further information, please visit: "HeadRead"