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EstLitFest – In Conversation: Endlessly curious – Rein Raud and Tony White

14 April, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 5:40 pm

With Bhavit Mehta

With an inquisitive mind and sophisticated style, Rein Raud is versatility personified: he has written poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. One of Estonia’s best known writers and an influential opinion leader, Raud will be in conversation with the formally adventurous and equally curious British novelist, writer and editor Tony White, whose latest novel, The Fountain in the Forest, has just been published to much acclaim. Bhavit Mehta chairs.

Rein Raud was born in 1961 and since 1974 has published poetry collections, plays, short stories and novels. He is also a widely published scholar of cultural theory as well as the literature and philosophy of both modern and pre-modern Japan. He has an impressive command of foreign languages and a breadth of cultural knowledge. He was the first Rector of Tallin University. Three of his novels have recently been translated into English: The Death of the Perfect Sentence, The Reconstruction and The Brother.

Tony White is the author of novels including The Fountain in the Forest (Faber and Faber, 2018), and Foxy-T (Faber and Faber, 2003). He is chair of the board of directors of London’s award-winning
arts radio station Resonance 104.4fm. White’s new novel The Fountain in the Forest, is published by Faber and Faber in January 2018. His recent novella Zombies Ate My Library (Blast Theory) has been shortlisted in the ‘best novella’ category of the Saboteur Awards 2017.

Bhavit Mehta has worked as a publisher, translator and festival director. He studied Biological Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London, and worked in a research environment at University
College London before entering the world of children’s books in 2009. Between 2010 and 2014 Bhavit co-directed the South Asian Literature Festival in. He has worked closely with a number of literary
organisation, mainly on translation and creative writing projects, and is currently on the board of Trustees for Wasafiri Magazine for international contemporary writing. Bhavit has worked with
UK and international writers and collaborated with literature partners while working for the British Council, Commonwealth Foundation and, most currently, with Pop Up Projects. He has a personal interest in stories from around the world and their impact on cultural relations.

5pm, Theatre | £6, 40mins

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