08.05.2018

Estonia, together with Latvia and Lithuania, were the book market focus in London and the rest of the UK in April and throughout the year 2018.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – the three market focus countries displayed their books and writers in a larger scale than ever at the 2018 London Book Fair, held between 10 to 12 April. All together, there were 32 Estonians performing in London and UK during the book fair week, publishing professionals, literary translators, illustrators, musicians and 14 writers among them. Estonia highlighted four top authors, Mihkel Mutt, Rein Raud, Maarja Kangro and Andrei Ivanov for talks, seminars and interviews at the book fair and outside. Children’s author Piret Raud, as well as our eminent publisher and translator of English literature into Estonian Krista Kaer, had a seminar dedicated to their work.

The Book Fair was followed by EstLitFest, the first ever festival of Estonian literature in London, at the Coronet Print Room on 13 to 14 April. The weekend celebration of Estonian word, music and food went for a full audience, attentive and happy. Some of the finest Estonian authors were in conversation with their British counterparts. New English language books by Kristiina Ehin, Doris Kareva, Kai Aareleid and Ilmar Taska were launched. A separate event was dedicated to translators of Estonian literature into English, with Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov and Adam Cullen present.

The LBF events and EstLitFest celebrated Estonia’s 100th birthday.
You will find comprehensive information on the programme, events and participants here:

LBF: http://estlit.ee/lbf2018/

EstLitFest: http://estlit.ee/estlitfest2018/

The Book Fair market focus programme and EstLitFest were organized by the Estonian Literature Centre and the Estonian Publishers Association in partnership with the British Council, London Book Fair, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Coronet Print Room, FMcM Associates, Estonian Embassy in London, and supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.

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