The British Council, in partnership with the London Book Fair, the Estonian Literature Centre, Writers’ and Translators’ House, Latvia and the Lithuanian Culture Institute, announced the authors representing the three Baltic Countries for the Market Focus Cultural Programme at The London Book Fair 2018, taking place 10–12 April. 

This year’s author delegation brings twelve prominent and engaging writers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, representing the very best of contemporary literature. The London Book Fair Cultural Programme will give a rare opportunity to meet and hear from Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian writers, who will be in discussion with counterpart UK authors in front of an international literary audience.

The delegation includes Authors of the Day:

  • Writer and columnist Mihkel Mutt, one of the most provocative Estonian authors. He has published close to 40 books in genres as diverse as novels, memoirs and children’s books.
  • Nora Ikstena, one of the most influential prose writers and essayists in Latvia. Her book Soviet Milk comes out in the UK in March 2018 with Peirene Press.
  • Writer and art historian Kristina Sabaliauskaitė, the most widely read contemporary Lithuanian author. Her Silva Rerum saga is considered to be the most important Lithuanian literary event of the last decade.

The Estonian delegation will be completed by Maarja Kangro, Andrei Ivanov and Rein Raud.

The LBF Cultural Programme will include events at the British Library and the National Poetry Library where readers can meet writers and take part in discussions.

The Market Focus Cultural Programme for the London Book Fair is organized by the British Council together with its partners in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Event details: The London Book Fair, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Tues 10 and Weds 11 April: 09.00–18.30
Thurs 12 April: 09.00–17.00

To celebrate the centenary of the Estonian Republic, the London Book Fair will be followed by EstLitFest – Estonian Literature Weekend at the Coronet Print Room theatre in Notting Hill, London on 13–14 April.

The Festival is organized by ELIC together with the Estonian Publishers Association and the Estonian Embassy in London. This event is financed by the Estonian Ministry of Culture and Estonia 100.

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