The Anglo-Danish Society

Danish Poets and Authors at Londons Literature Festival

When: Friday 13 October - 1st November 2017

Where: The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

Throughout London Literature Festival, writers and poets from the nordic region will join British contemporaries as part of Nordic Matters.

Many Danish poets and authors will be featured on the festival. Morten Søndergaard, Dorthe Nors and Kim Leine are some of the headliners, but other Danish literaries include , Thomas Rydahl, Christina Hesselholdt and Kim Fupz Aakeson. The festival will also host talks and readings with international characters such as Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks, Philip Pullman and Annie Leibovitz.

Below is a detailed list of all the Danish talks and events throughout the festival:

18 October - 7:30PM
Christina Hesselholdt - New Nordic Fiction: This event at the London Literature Festival 2017 concentrates on how writers from the North are dealing with a changing world. Writers from across the Nordic nations have taken radical approaches to capturing the complexities of modern life and lifes on the brink. Meet Danish author Christina Hesselholdt who are redefining the real and offering essential insights into our times together with other Nordic writers at New Nordic Fiction. Read more about New Nordic Fiction here.

22 October - 3:30PM
Kim Leine - Hidden Histories: What can the hidden histories of the Nordic region tell us about the things which define the present? From colonial secrets to spies who worked in the shadows of the Second World War, you get a chance to discover the untold stories which redefine the way we understand the people of the North. Danish novelist Kim Leine is joined by Sofi Oksanen (Finland) and Ulla-Lena Lundberg (Åland Islands) as they discover the hidden histories of the Nordic region. Kim Leine is a Danish-Norwegian novelist and he received the Golden Laurel award and the Nordic Council's Literature Prize for his fourth novel, The Prophets of Eternal Fjord. Read more about Hidden Histories here.

22 October - 7:30PM
Thomas Rydahl - Foreign Bodies: Nordic noir has thrilled millions around the world with its combination of compelling characters and social commentary. During the Foreign Bodies talk at the London Literature Festival 2017, you can experience Danish author Thomas Rydahl who is among the best writers of Nordic noir from a new generation. Thomas Rydahl's debut novel, The Hermit, was awarded the Danish Debutant Award, the first thriller to receive the honour in its history. Read more about Foreign Bodies here.

23 October - 6PM
Kim Fupz Aakeson - Nordic Children's Fiction: In this talk, the leading Nordic writers of children's fiction elaborates on how current issues facing young people across Europe is adressed through literature, and why it is important to read literature in translation. Three leading authors – Kim Fupz Aakeson, B.R. Collins and Meg Rosoff - read from their acclaimed work and discuss stories of contemporary odysseys and the real world they reflect. Read more about Nordic Children's Literature here.

29 October - 2PM
Dorthe Nors - Talk: Hear one of the most original voices in contemporary Danish literature, Dorthe Nors, read from and discuss her acclaimed fiction. Dorthe Nors is the first Danish writer ever to have a story published in The New Yorker. Nors has published four novels in addition to a collection of stories called 'Karate Chop' which won the prestigious PO Enquist Literary Prize in 2014. Nors' newest novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, is a finely-drawn study on loneliness and the strangeness of modern living. It is a transformative tale about a grown woman in search of herself when there is no one to ask for directions. Mirror, Shoulder, Signal was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize. Read more about Dorthe Nors' talk here.

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