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Hidden Histories

Part of World on the Brink

What can the hidden histories of the Nordic region tell us about the things which have defined the present? From colonial secrets, to spies who worked in the shadows of the Second World War, discover the untold stories which redefine the way we understand the people of the North.

This talk features Sofi Oksanen (Estonia-Finland), Kim Leine (Denmark) and Ulla-Lena Lundberg (Åland Islands).

Speakers include:

- Finnish-Estonian novelist and playwright Sofi Oksanen is one of the leading lights of Nordic literature, her work having been translated into more than 50 languages, and receiving numerous awards, including the Nordic Council Literature Prize (2010), Europe Book Prize (2010), Prix Femina Ètranger (2010) and The Finlandia Award (2008). Celebrated for her immersive historical fiction which often explores the faultlines of Northern Europe’s past, including Purge and When the Doves Disappeared, Oksanen’s latest novel Norma, published in 2015, introduces yet another aspect of Oksanen’s visionary work, in a dark contemporary family drama with fantastical undertones. In both the past and the present, Oksanen’s fiction takes an unflinching look at injustices in the world, often with poignant and powerful focus on the challenges women face.

- Kim Leine is a Danish-Norwegian novelist. He received the Golden Laurel award and the Nordic Council's Literature Prize for his fourth novel, The Prophets of Eternal Fjord.

- Ulla-Lena Lundberg is a prize-winning Finland-Swedish novelist and ethnologist. She has published more than 20 works of fiction and non-fiction. Born in Kökar in the Åland Islands, an upbringing that she draws upon in Ice, Lundberg has lived and worked in the USA, England, Japan, Africa and Siberia.

Part of Nordic Matters

Dates & times

22 Oct 2017
Approximate run time: 60 mins
  • 3:30 pm


Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green side, Royal Festival Hall


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