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More Than Equal: Women Writers of the North

Part of World on the Brink

Meet two acclaimed Nordic women writers challenging taboos and shining light on the lives of women in the region, both past and present.

Featuring Hanne Ørstavik (Norway) and Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (Iceland), this talk asks whether the statistics ranking Nordic countries as the most gender equal in the world are actually indicative of everyday life.

What can stories and literature from the region tell us about the obstacles which still need to be overcome? And is there backlash against progressive gender politics?

Speakers include:

- Hanne Ørstavik is an award-winning Norwegian writer who has been translated into over 18 languages and celebrated for her fiction which explores questions of identity, sexuality and belonging. Her literary breakthrough in Norway came with the publication of Kjærlighet (Love), in 2006, which was voted the sixth best Norwegian book of the last 25 years in a prestigious contest in Dagbladet. Since then she has written several acclaimed novels and received a host of literary prizes. In June 2014, Periene Press published the first ever English translation of one of her novels, The Blue Room, as part of their coming-of-age series.

- Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, an Icelandic prize-winning novelist, playwright and a poet. She is the author of five novels, a collection of poetry and four plays that have been performed at the National Theatre in Iceland and at the Reykjavik City Theatre. She also writes the lyrics for the Icelandic performance pop band Milkywhale. Auður Ava’s novels have been translated into over 20 languages and among them are The Greenhouse and Butterflies in November. Her new novel, Hotel Silence, won the Icelandic Literary Prize 2016 and was chosen Best Icelandic Novel in 2016 by booksellers in Iceland. Audur Ava lives in Reykjavik.

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances Sofi Oksanen is no longer attending this event.

Part of Nordic Matters

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


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