An Estonian poet among the top minds selected for the pan-European creativity project

The Hay Festival has announced the selection of authors for the Europa28 anthology; among the 28 women is also the Estonian poet and translator, Maarja Kangro.

Kangro has written librettos for Estonian composers, published 13 books and translates from Italian, English, German and other languages. 

She won the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre’s Best Book of the Year Award in 2006 with her children’s story of a fruit loving dragon (Puuviljadraakon).

Vision for the future

Europa28 is a new global project that will try to imagine (or reimagine) the future. Participating woman writers, artists and scientist will contribute their short stories and essays to the anthology, Europa28: Vision for the Future.

The anthology will be shared in the international events around the world, including the Hay Festival Europa28 in Rijeka, Croatia, the European Capital of Culture for 2020, from 3-5 June.

Audience at the Hay Festival.

The selected writers, artist and thinkers will be involved in international events over the next 12 months in the Hay Festival events in Mexico, Spain, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Wales, and through festivals and bookshops across Europe.

The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union through Wom@rts – a non-profit platform that aims to promote equal and shared presence of women in the artistic arena.

The anthology will be featuring short stories and essays from selected 28 writers on the subject of what Europe means to them.

Perpetual change

“Europe is a continent in perpetual change, it has been the birthplace to some of the world’s most unifying works of art and its most terrifying ideologies,” Cristina Fuentes, the international director of the Hay Festival said. “The Hay Festival Europa28 seeks to unearth the new ideas and art that can lead us forwards in this moment of political and cultural division, driven by an inspiring group of women who share their visions as beacons to guide the next generation. Our new anthology and events will be spaces in which to think and to hope.”

Hay Festival.

The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts is an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, the United Kingdom, for ten days from May to June. Devised by Norman, Rhoda and Peter Florence in 1988, the festival was described by Bill Clinton in 2001 as “The Woodstock of the mind”.

Cover: Maarja Kangro. Photo by Piia Ruber.


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