Keynote speech. Sjón

“From the perspective of outer space the continents of the earth are blessed with an absence of the visible national borders we know from the ever more challenging geopolitical maps. In a similar fashion, literature has never recognized its nationality, because it only relates to the tiny piece of land on which the author may be standing at any given time.”

This is how the Icelandic author, Sjón, sets the tone for this year’s keynote speech for the festival. In the same spirit as the rest of the programme, this lecture will also address nationalism and other disruptive elements that separate people from one another. Luckily, literature can show us the way.

When:Wednesday 31. May at 16:00
Where:Lillehammer Bibliotek
Price:120 kr
Info:Book sales and signing
Info:Filmed by the Norwegian TV school
Info:The lecture will be in English



Sjón, who’s real name is Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, lives in Island. Since his debut as a teenager he has recieved several national and international awards for his authorship, amongst them the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize for his novel The Blue Fox (the nordic countries’ equivalent of the Man Booker Prize). The novel From The Mouth Of The Whale was shortlisted for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He has written lyrics for Björk More >

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