The children and young adult writers Mark Illis (UK), Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir (IS), Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs (FO) and Stefan Larsson (SE) met in Gothenburg. Together with the scriptwriter and director Johanna Pyykkö they created the artistic short film Stepping Stones.




Stepping Stones – all the texts in English

Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs, Faroese language

Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, Icelandic

Stefan Larsson, Swedish 



About the authors:


Stefan Larsson is a freelance playwright, children’s book writer and screenwriter. Has previously been working at the film production company GötaFilm AB as a Script Editor and Script Developer. His stage play Tresteg (”Triple Jump”) won first prize in a playwriting contest arranged by Barnteaterakademin (”Children’s Theatre Academy”). The play was produced and toured all over Sweden with Riksteatern (”National Touring Theatre”), 2011-2012. His Children’s book Min bror Roger (”My brother Roger”) was released in 2014 and was highly acclaimed by reviewers. Since 2014 he has been working on an autobiographical novel which is based on his own childhood and extensive research about people who once lived in his hometown Gothenburg.

Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs (born 1974) is a Faroese novelist, poet and playwright. She is the author of elleven works in different genres. Among these are her two collections of poems: “Rót Tripp” (2012) and “Opna” (2016), as well as her stageplay “Tóm Rúm” which premiered on the Faroese national scene in 2014. Marjun has published three children’s books and her novel ”Skriva í sandin” is a contemporary book for young adults. She cooperated with singer Eivør Pálsdóttir and DR Big Band on the musical composition “At the Heart of a Selkie,” Her latest work is the novel ”Óendaliga vera” published in 2016, and the script for the film ”Dreams by the sea” directed by Sakaris Stórá released in 2017. Marjun has been nominated for and has received both national and international awards, and some of her work has been translated into the other Nordic languages, as well as into English,German and French.

Mark Illis was born in London in 1963. He has written five novels for adults, most recently TENDER and THE LAST WORD (shortlisted for The Portico Prize), both published by Salt. He has also written three radio plays and has written for EastEnders, The Bill and Peak Practice.He wrote for Emmerdale for over a decade. He also wrote the award-winning screenplay for Before Dawn, a relationship drama with zombies. In July 2017, his first Young Adult novel, THE IMPOSSIBLE, winner of a Northern Writers’ Award in 2015, was published by Quercus. A sequel will be published next year. Mark has taught writing for Arvon, and in schools, libraries, universities, Reading Prison and Broadmoor Secure Hospital. He has recently been working for the charity First Story and for the Royal Literary Fund. He’s married with two children and lives in West Yorkshire.

Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir (born March 24, 1982) is an Icelandic author and folklorist. She started her writing career at fifteen when she co-authored the book Orðabelgur Ormars ofurmennis (The Wordballoon of Worm Wonderman). In 2011 she returned to writing with the children’s book Flugan sem stöðvaði stríðið (The Fly Who Ended the War) which won the Icelandic Children’s Book Prize (2011). Three years later she published the young adult book Hafnfirðingabrandarinn (The Local Joke) which won both the Icelandic Literary Prize (2014) and the Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize (2014). In 2015 she co-autherd the book, Leitin  tilgangi unglingsins, with two teenagers, Arnór Björnsson and Óli Gunnar Gunnarsson. The Fly Who Ended the War will soon be published in Korea, The Untied Arab Emirates, Turkey and France. Currently Bryndís is working as a folklorist, teacher and a writer. Recently she made the TV-Series Reimleikar (e. The Haunting) on ghosts, elves, trolls and other supernatural beings in Icelandic folklore. The series were broadcasted at the National Television (RÚV) last autumn. Bryndís has written several theoretical articles on elves, folk-tales, jokes, cultural heritage, literature and performance-theory. Bryndís is an associate professor at Iceland Academy of the Arts, in the department of design and architecture.

About the artist:


Johanna Pyykkö has studied filmmaking and screenwriting in Sweden. She has a bachelor in film directing, from The Norwegian Film School (national film school in Norway). Her short films have been screened at film festivals in Scandinavia, Europe, Africa, Asia and USA. Pyykkös family is from Finland, she grew up in Sweden and now lives and works in both Norway and Sweden. She is now working on her first feature film project EBBA & THE LOVER, the feature film has been granted development funding from The Norwegian Film Institute. She has also received funding for her up-coming short film from The Norwegian Film Institute. Pyykkö is interested in subjects related to power, belonging, identity and sexuality