Being Baltic: At The Crossroads of Influence

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Explore the literary influences of European, Russian and Nordic cultures on contemporary Baltic authors

Three leading Baltic writers – Mihkel Mutt (Estonia), Nora Ikstena (Latvia) and Kristina Sabaliauskaitė (Lithuania) – join us to discuss the literary influences of European, Russian and Nordic cultures on their work. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

Mihkel Mutt is an Estonian writer and versatile columnist, writing about domestic and world politics. Prose writer and essayist Nora Ikstena is considered one of the most influential prose writers in Latvia, known for her elaborate style and detailed approach to language. She is also an active participant in Latvia's cultural and political life. London-based Kristina Sabaliauskaitė is the most widely read Lithuanian author, and her Silva Rerum historical saga is often considered to be the most important Lithuanian literary event of the last decade.

Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist specializing in arts and current affairs, in the UK and abroad. In 20 years on the BBC staff she travelled the world, covering events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid in South Africa, presenting flagship BBC programmes Front Row and Crossing Continents. Today she combines broadcasting and arts journalism with presenting and curating cultural events and festivals in Britain and overseas. She is founder of the European Literature Network and is known in the UK as a champion of international literature and language-learning.

In partnership with the British Council as part of the Baltic Countries Market Focus at the London Book Fair

Image: Kristina Sabaliauskaitė by Monika Penkūkū, Nora Ikstena by Toms Harjo and Mihkel Mutt by Gabriela Liivamägi


Name: Being Baltic: At The Crossroads of Influence
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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