ICORN writers meet Norwegian writers at the House of Literature in Oslo

Added: May 2009 to Events, Festivals and Opportunities


The program offers an exciting mix of writers from different places, who all somehow can relate to the topic of exile. The event is hosted by Shahrazad - Stories for life and Kapittel - Stavanger International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech .


 The program will start at 20.30, and is free and open to all.


EXILE ON WERGELAND ST. - Literary encounters from Cuba to Kolbotn.


The Dance: The dreams and memories of an Iraqi dancing in the local pub in Skien.


Translator, writer and former ICORN Guest Writer Basim Mardan was a young librarian at the university in Mosul when the Americans invaded Iraq. After taking a job as a translator for the US Marines, Mardan was branded a traitor, his family was terrorized and he received death threats every day. He fled Iraq with his wife and young child in 2006, and now lives in Skien, Norway.


Chile - Norway - Chile - and back again.


Hans Petter Blad's, whose new novel Det oseaniske is a biography of a fictitious Chilean exiled author in Oslo, meets the not at all fictitious Chilean-Norwegian Pedro Carmona-Alvarez who is about to publish a novel that also spans the gap between Norway and Chile, about growing up in Kolbotn and rediscovering Chile.

Hans Petter Blad has written scripts for film and theatre. In 2002 he made his literary début with I skyggen av små menn midt på dagen (Overshadowed By Little Men at High Noon), a highly stimulating and enjoyable novel, both as a political novel and a love story. In 2005 he wrote his second novel, De nysgjerrige (Curious People), a novel that captures student life with intelligence and humour.


Pedro Carmona-Alvarez was born in Chile, but grew up in Norway. He has recreated collections of poetry from Spanish and has worked as an editor in the literary magazine Vagant. He represents a strong and original voice within Norwegian poetry. He has previously written three collections of poetry and one novel.


A Terrible Matriarchy.


Lieno, a five year old girl growing up in Nagaland, is sent off to be raised by her grandmother. From the very beginning, she can sense that her grandmother does not like her, and that her brother Bulie is treated better than her. The old woman doesn't think girls need an education, love or time to play. A Terrible Matriarchy is a tale of a girl growing up in a strict, traditional society, in a conflict-ridden area, but who will not be defeated.


Easterine Kire Iralu the former ICORN Guest Writer of Tromsø City of Refuge, is an author and lecturer in English literature who has been forced to flee her home in Nagaland, India.  As someone who, despite her non-violent principles, found herself caught between the Indian government and the Nagaland separatist movement, she has had to live in exile since 2005.


Exit Cuba.


Torgrim Eggen's novel Hermanas is the story of a young, Cuban poet who is exiled from Cuba, a society with severe restrictions on the freedom of expression. Carlos Aguilera is a Cuban exiled author who fled his "Orwellian" country.


Torgrim Eggen, Norwegian journalist, writer and musician, was first published as a novelist in 1992. Since then he has published five novels. In Hermanas, he tells the story of Raúl, whose father gave his life to the revolution 20 years ago. In a story dominated by love, sex, jealousy and betrayal, Eggen paints a picture of post-revolution Cuba.


Carlos A. Aguilera, Cuban poet and cultural critic has been the ICORN Guest Writer in Frankfurt since 2007.  Aguilera received the David de Poesía award from the Cuban Writers' and Artists' Union (UNEAC) in 1995, followed by the Calendario de Poesía award.  In 1997, he co-founded the magazine Diáspora(s), which became the leading space for critical debate and alternative culture and an open platform for intellectuals and writers interested in publishing beyond Cuba's state-controlled media to the world beyond. Because the journal also published authors from outside Cuba who were not liked by the authorities, Aguilera was increasingly harassed, and he finally decided to leave.


Opp Oridongo.


A man wearing a hat and carrying a suitcase arrives in Vaksøy, a small hamlet on the north-west coast of Norway. He has received letters from an old woman on the island, and in one of them she asked him to come visit. But Ulf Vågsvik has packed to stay.


Ingvar Ambjørnsen is considered one of the great storytellers of contemporary Norwegian literature. His books are characterised by powerful, realistic descriptions of the seamier side of life. The protagonists are often outsiders - described with sympathetic insight and warmth. Loneliness and friendship are expressed in a concise literary style. From his voluntary exile in Hamburg, Ambjørnsen has, for the first time in several years, written a story that takes place in Norway. It is a beautiful and unsettling tale of a small community shaken by dramatic events. But most of all, it is about he who is the outsider, and about two people with scarred souls finding each other.





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