Kristiina Ehin, Anna Hints and Mari Kalkun
Kristiina Ehin is one of Estonia’s leading poets. Four of her books of poetry have been translated into English by Illmar Lehtpere, including The Drums of Silence and The Scent of Your Shadow. Mari Kalkun is a famous folk singer and musician in Estonia. Anna Hints is a multi disciplinary artist who also sings in various folk groups. Together they are an excellent and authentic example of the power and expressiveness of the Estonian women’s runo song
tradition, which dates back thousands of years, some songs having roots in Siberia.
Kristiina Ehin's The Scent of Your Shadow is a UK Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation for Summer 2010
"Here is a generous, honest imagination: visceral, shamanistic and wise. Kristiina Ehin is a visionary poet with a discerning and distinctive voice, a voice resonant with genuine passion, close to the primordial world of spirts and myths, but also rooted in history and in contemporary life. There is a refreshing lightness and originality to her poems, which are nonetheless poignant. She is able to express strong emotions without being sentimental. Her work has truly haunted me; it has entered the deepest layer of my being with its rare combination of directness and subtle nuances, ancient traditions and modernity."
- Sujata Bhatt (from her introduction)
Part of Arc Publications Visible Poets series edited by Jean Boase-Beier
The video was filmed at Ledbury Poetry Festival in England in July 2010 at the request of the artistes and Arc Publications.