Kai Aareleid

Kai Aareleid is a prose writer, poet, and literary translator, focused on writing about history from the perspective of individuals. She translates literature from Spanish, Portuguese, French, Finnish and English, and has published two collections of poetry and two novels. Her latest novel, Burning Cities (Peter Owen, 2018, translated by Adam Cullen), tells the story of a family living in the battle-scarred South Estonian city of Tartu shortly after World War II.

Saturday, 14 April

Post-war lives | Kai Aareleid and Linda Grant

With Rosie Goldsmith

Estonian fiction writer and translator, Kai Aareleid, in conversation with the award-winning British novelist Linda Grant. In Aareleid’s latest novel, Burning Cities, a young girl revisits the first two decades of her life following the Second World War in Communist Estonia. In Linda Grant’s “exhilaratingly good new novel” (The Guardian), The Dark Circles, the war is over too, but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended… Rosie Goldsmith chairs.

Kai Aareleid was awarded the accolade Estonian Writer of the Year in 2016. She is a novelist, poet and translator of literature from Spanish, Portuguese, French, Finnish and English. She is the author of two novels, Russian Blood and Burning Cities.

Linda Grant is a novelist and journalist. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000 and the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage in 2006, and was longlisted for the Man Booker in 2002 for Still Here. The Clothes on Their Backs was shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2008 and went on to win the South Bank Show Award.

3pm, Theatre | £6, 40mins

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