Poet Lija Brīdaka passes away

One of Latvia's best-loved poets, Lija Brīdaka, has passed away at the age of 90, it was confirmed September 19  by the Latvian Writers' Union.

Just a few weeks ago, during the "Poetry Days" festival, on September 3, on her 90th birthday, Lija Brīdaka performed some of her poems at the anniversary event at the Riga Latvian Society, in a full hall and to great acclaim.

Born in 1932, she enjoyed a long career as poet, prose writer and editor of such eminent poets as Anna Akhmatova.  Her poetry is characterized by reflections on the inner world of rational, active and intellectual women, a woman's place in society, family and love. Compiled Anna Akhmatova's poetry collection "Baltie gajputni" (1983), Bella Ahmadulina's poetry collection "The Secret" (1987)

Having studied first in her home town of Alūksne and later studying Latvian philology in Riga, Lija Brīdaka also worked in television, publishing houses and at Rīga Film Studio.

Our condolences to her friends and colleagues.

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