And so came the New Year, and the first month is already drawing to an end. I hope everybody has had a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
This spring (technically winter, but let us pretend it is spring…) the Department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL will host an event on Nordic children’s and young adults’ literature on 23rd February: What does writing for a young audience entail? Is writing for children any different from writing for adults? Do children’s classics age? How does modern technology affect the writing and reading processes? What is the relationship between entertainment and education? These are only some of the questions that the panellists will address from their own unique perspectives.
The panel will consist of prominent authors and scholars:
- Danish author Merete Pryds Helle, author of a number of novels and short stories for adult and young audiences. She has recently completed her first interactive children’s story for iPads, Wuwu & Co.
- Norwegian author Maria Parr, author of Vaffelhjarte, recently translated into English by Dr Guy Puzey (Waffle Hearts, published by Walker Books in 2014), and Tonje Glimmerdal (2009).
- Norwegian author and script writer Harald Rosenløw Eeg. His works include the novels Glasskår (1995, Shards of Glass), Yatzy (2004, made into a film in 2009) and Den hvite døden (2013, The White Death) and the film script for Tusen ganger god natt(2013, A Thousand Times Good Night), directed by Erik Poppe.
- Professor Helena Forsås-Scott, editor of the Norvik Press “Selma Lagerlöf in English” series, which provides English-language readers with high-quality new translations of a selection of the Nobel Laureate’s most important texts. Professor Forsås-Scott will focus particularly on Nils Holgersson’s Wonderful Journey through Sweden (translated by Peter Graves and published by Norvik Press in 2012, reissued in hardback in 2014).
- Dr Erin Goeres, Lecturer in Old Norse Language and Literature, co-editor of the book Viking Age Dublin: Walking Tour and Activity Book (published by Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, University of Nottingham, 2014), presenting Viking heritage to children.
The event will take place in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, UCL. Doors will be opening at 6.15pm and the discussion will start at 6.30pm.
The panel discussion will be followed by a reception in the Garden Room, Wilkins Building, UCL, and included in the entrance fee of £5.00 are a drink and light refreshments.
To book your ticket please use the following link to our Eventbrite page.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing you in February!