The festival features guests from abroad as well as several Estonian writers. In 2009 the guest of honour was the Italian writer and semiotician Umberto Eco.

This year the guest of honour, Russian writer Dmitry Bykov will hold a public lecture “Literature as Naphta” at the opening ceremony of the festival on May 6th. On the same day the audience also has an opportunity to meet Leonie Swann, the rising star among German crime-writers. Internationally renowned Hungarian writer Attila Bartis will meet the audience on the warm-up day of the festival, May 5th. The festival programme includes multimedia presentations given on May 7th by the guests from the UK – the publishers and collaborators of the music magazine The Wire. Among other guests there are Latvian poets Inga Gaile, Juris Kronbergs, Guntars Godiņsh, and Liāna Langa;  Rosa María Rodríguez Magda and Josep Carles Lainez from Spain, and Zinaida Lindén, a writer of Russian origin living in Finland and writing in Swedish and Russian.

The main theme of this year’s festival is “The Art of Survival”. This is a theme offering many possible ways of interpretation but first and foremost it aims to refer to the role of literature as one of the cornerstones of human existence that helps to create values and to retain humanity in difficult situations. The patron of Prima Vista 2010 is Estonian poet Hannes Varblane.

Webiste of the event: http://kirjandusfestival.tartu.ee/index.php?keel=eng

Contact person: Marja Unt, GSM +372 56 906 836, hundu@ut.ee