4 min

Silvia Urgas is the Estonian nominee for the PEN International New Voices Award

This is the second time when PEN International gives out the New Voices Award which aims to aspire young writers whose work has already been published but not in the book form. Silvia Urgas is amongst the six nominees this year. Her poetry has been published in two Estonian magazines, Müürileht and Värske Rõhk. Maarja Pärtna interviewed the Estonian PEN Club’s president Kätlin Kaldmaa to find out what is this award about and how did Silvia Urgas’s poetry stand out from the other young authors’ work.

4 min

Imaginary Latvians in literature and film

Some time ago, a new interesting project Imaginary Latvians appeared online, collecting Latvian characters encountered in world literature and film. Often enough we have looked for Latvian identity in our folklore, literature and art, but finding out what others think about us can be even more exciting. We asked Rihards Kalniņš, one of the authors of the Imaginary Latvians project, to tell us a bit more.

11 min

Interview: Emmi Itäranta

Emmi Itäranta was born in Tampere, Finland. She has graduated her Master’s degree in both drama and creative writing, and has worked as a columnist, theatre critic, dramaturge, scenarist and press officer. Her first novel Memory of Water pictures a fictional post-climate-change world where fresh water is the biggest deficiency. Author talks about the beginning of her writing career and how the idea of the book was born.