H.E. Tiina Intelmann

H.E. Tiina Intelmann is Estonia’s ambassador to the UK. She studied Italian language and literature at the Leningrad State University and entered diplomatic service in 1991 when Estonia regained its independence. She has served as the Permanent Representative of Estonia to the United Nations, and has been Estonia’s ambassador to Israel and Montenegro. She was President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court and Head of the EU Delegation in Liberia.

Friday, 13 April

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.

6.30pm, Theatre | £6, 60mins

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Saturday, 14 April

What now, Europe? A future of nation states from Estonia’s perspective

With Mihkel Mutt, Tiina Intelmann and Rosie Goldsmith

Mihkel Mutt is not just a versatile writer, columnist and critic (and Author of the Day at London Book Fair); he also held key positions in Estonian politics. At EstLitFest, he is joined by the Estonian Ambassador to the UK, Tiina Intelmann, to take Estonia’s perspective on Europe in transformation. Rosie Goldsmith chairs.

Mihkel Mutt is an Estonian writer and a versatile columnist on domestic and world politics. He began his career as a theatre and literary critic as well as a parodist, and his literary debut transpired in the late 1970s. Since then, he has published close to 40 books in all genres except poetry and long epic. He has held a variety of jobs ranging from journalist to dramaturg to propaganda boss at the Estonian Foreign Ministry.

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.

Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist. In 20 years on the BBC staff she has travelled the world covering events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa. She is also the founder of the European Literature Network.

2pm, Theatre | £6, 40mins

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