Sunset over a forest

Dark Angels Note 167

Dearest Friends

Welcome back to our Friday Note – our weekly collection of writerly thoughts.



This week marks the birthday of Betti Alver (23 November 1906 – 19 June 1989).

Elisabet “Betti” Alver is one of Estonia’s most significant poets and was a member of the Arbujad, (sorcerers or soothsayers), a group of eight Estonian poets.

Her writing career started with novels, publishing her first short story Poor Little Thing in 1927, then her first poem, The Tale of a White Crow in 1931. Her work is “said to contain a passionate joy of life and soulful strength, and finds the point of living.”

She retreated from the literary spotlight in protest at the Soviet occupation, turning to translation work instead, before returning as a poet in the 60s with new interest in Estonian folk traditions and language.



According to the Estonian Literature Centre, Estonians are all introverts who talk to the trees and dream about becoming writers.

Read a brief Introduction to Estonian Literature from the Estonian Literature Centre.



Go for a walk and find a tree to talk to. Listen to it and translate what it says into a piece of writing.

We’d love to see what you come up with if you’d like to share.




Keep sending us any poems, writings, links and writerly whatnots that you’d like to share with the wider Dark Angels family. We love to read them.





Weekly Tuesday Gatherings

Join us again for a reflective hour of reading, writing and communing led by Neil Baker. Everyone is welcome – from the Dark Angels community and beyond. We meet at 7pm UK time. To join us, click here on the night. There’s no need to register in advance.


Be well, keep reading, keep writing and know that we’re always here.

From everyone at Dark Angels



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