The children and young adult writers Gunnar Helgason (IS), Laura Steven (UK), Rakel Helmsdal (FO), Hanna Jedvik (SE) and the artist Brandur Patursson (FO) met in Tórshavn. Together they created a visual artwork that was presented at the Literature Festival Book Days and this short film based on the four different languages.
About the authors:
Hanna Jedvik is an author, culture journalist and literaly critic living in Gothenburg on the Swedish Westcoast. Her debut novel, Soon I Will Be Gone, was published by Rabén & Sjögren in august 2010. Followed up by Kurt Cobain Is No More in 2012. She has been working as a journalist for newspapers, radio and television and as freelancer since the early 2000. She has also been a writing about culture and literature, mainly critic, for the Gothenburg Post (GP) for many years and worked as a lecture at Gothenburg University, teaching journalism. HannaJedvik is now days a culture reporter and critic for The National Swedish Radio (SR).
Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. The Exact Opposite of Okay, her YA debut, will be published by Egmont in March 2018. As well as mentoring aspiring authors through schemes like Cuckoo Young Writers and Pitch Wars, Laura works for Mslexia, a non-profit organisation supporting women writers. She has an MA in Creative Writing, and her TV pilot Clickbait reached the final eight in British Comedy’s 2016 Sitcom Mission. Laura is represented by Sara Stricker and Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and Media Inc.
Rakel Helmsdal is an author, marionetteer and artist. She made her debut in 1995 and has since written novels, plays and short stories for all ages. She is the director of Karavella Marionette-Teatur where she produces her own plays. Along with colleagues in Sweden and Iceland, she has co-authored the popular series of Skrímslabøkur (Monster books) published in Faroese, Swedish and Icelandic. The monster books have been translated into 14 other languages. Veiða Vind, a musical fairy tale, is her latest children’s book. Her latest work, “Hon, sum róði eftir ælaboganum” is written for Young Adults for which Rakel Helmsdal entered the Ibby Honour List in 2016 and won the West Nordic Children’s Literature Prize.
Gunnar Helgason (b. 1965) is an Icelandic actor and children‘s book writer. Since graduating from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 1991 he has acted, written and directed both for TV and theatre. He has founded two independent theatres and directed and acted in all of Iceland´s professional theatres. Gunnar is one of Iceland‘s best known and most popular children‘s books writers. He won the 2015 Icelandic Literary Award in the children‘s book category and has also won the Children‘s Choice Book Award (Bókaverðlaun barnanna) several times. Gunnar visits schools all over Iceland to talk to kids about books and when asked about why he writes for children he says the reason is both simple and complicated:
The reason why I write children´s books is simple: When I was 8 years old I read the magnificent book: Jón Oddur og Jón Bjarni by Guðrún Helgadóttir. My world changed. This was a book about me and my twin brother Ási. I wanted to write a book like that.
The reason why I write is also complicated: I grew up to the notion that the ultimate goal, the pinnacle, the ultra coolest thing in life was to be an artist. A painter or a writer was top nudge. I never intended to become one. In my mind artists were like magicians and I could just as likely become an artist as to become Harry Potter. But then I grew up and now I feel I´m pretty good at writing and one should try and do what one is good at. So maybe I am a magician after all!?
About the artist:
Artist Brandur Patursson from Faroe Islands mainly works with glass and metal sculptures.