Meet the World: A Focus on Estonia
Meet Estonian novelist, poet and musician Vahur Afanasjev, who will be our writer in residence in March as part of our residency exchange with Tartu UNESCO City of Literature. Vahur is the author of the award-winning ‘Serafima and Bogdan’, a bloody, funny and surreal family saga about the Russian Old Believer minority in Estonia. In Norwich, Vahur will be working on his novel On the Brink of Bloom, which is set in the near future and deals with social anxiety about progress. He hopes for long walks and cycling along the River Yare, and is keen to collaborate with local musicians.
£5 entry includes a glass of wine.
Part of our Meet the World series.
Our Meet the World events celebrate our ongoing connections with international writers and translators and will share their writing and ideas with our 21st-century audience. Find out more
About Vahur Afanasjev
Vahur Afanasjev was born in Tartu in 1979. After graduating in economics from the University of Tartu, he worked in journalism, advertising, and as an EU official in Brussels. The young author began writing poems and lyrics in 1995, debuted in the Estonian literary journal Vikerkaar in 1998, and published his first poetry collection Kandiline maailm (Square World) in 2000. A member of the Estonian Writers’ Union since 2006, Afanasjev has also written prose since quite early on. His satirical book about his experiences in the EU capital, Minu Brüssel (My Brussels, 2011), shared the annual Estonian travel-writing award. In 2015, Afanasjev’s poetry collection Tünsamäe Tigu (Tünsamäe Snail) won the Cultural Endowment of Estonia’s Award for Poetry.