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Estlitfest: The Sound Of Estonia

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

Opening act: The Sound of Estonia – Kristiina Ehin and Silver Sepp with opening remarks from the Estonian Ambassador to the UK, Tiina Intelmann

One of Estonia’s most successful poets, Kristiina Ehin opens EstLitfest with her deeply spiritual and unflinchingly honest work. Known and admired throughout Europe, she will read in English from her latest collection, On the Edge of a Sword (Arc Publications, 2018, translated by Ilmar Lehtpere), accompanied by her husband, the experimental musician Silver Sepp.

Kristiina Ehin is one of the most successful poets of the younger generation. Her poetry is strikingly modern and contemporary, celebrating nature and womanhood, while also drawing on folklore and tradition. She has published nine volumes of poetry, three books of short stories and a retelling of South-Estonian fairy tales, and has won Estonia’s most prestigious poetry prize.

Silver Sepp is Kristiina Ehin’s partner both on and off stage. He is an eclectic troubadour and has developed a tradition of using fantasy instruments taken from his surroundings.

H.E. Tiina Intelmann is Estonia’s ambassador to the UK since 2017. She has served as the Permanent Representative of Estonia to the United Nations and is the first woman to have headed the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court. She has also served as European Union Ambassador in Africa.