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Portrait of Teresa Grøtan

Teresa Grøtan

Festival director

Teresa Grøtan (b 1974, Norway) is the director of the Bergen International Literary Festival. With a background as a journalist and author, she holds an MA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Grøtan has published a number of books, most recently Før øya synker (Gyldendal, 2018). She was the editor of the literary journal Syn og Segn and the founding editor of the magazine Global Knowledge. Grøtan won the Blix prize in 2013 for her books aimed at children and young people.

+47 922 88 550

Portrait of Sandra Lillebø

Sandra Lillebø


Sandra Lillebø (b 1978, Norway) is a programme consultant for the Bergen International Literature festival. She is an author, critic and commentator in Klassekampen. Lillebø made her debute as an author in 2011 with the poetry collection Navnet på den ensomme er frigitt and published a second collection, Alt skal skinne og blø, in 2016. She is also a programme consultant at the House of Literature in Bergen, and co-editor of the Vagant magazine. 

+47 406 47 785

Portrait of Britt Kristin Ese

Britt Kristin Ese


Britt Kristin Ese (b 1985, Norway) works as communication consultant for the Bergen International Literary Festival. With an MA in Nordic literature, she has been a trainee at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s New Norwegian media centre. Ese has previously worked as a teacher, journalist and in communication, and has translated a poetry collection. 

+47 958 57 607

Laia Núñez Sebastià


Laia Núñez Sebastià (b 1978, Barcelona) works with the production of the Bergen International Literary Festival. She has worked extensively as a producer for international events. Sebastia holds a BA in English language and literature from the University of Barcelona and a BA in film and audiovisual communication from the Escuela Superior de Cine y Audiovisuales de Catalunya (ESCAC). 

+47 412 36 591

Helene Hovden Hareide


Helene Hovden Hareide (b 1989, Norway) works as communication consultant for Bergen International Literary Festival. She has studied social anthropology and comparative literature. Hareide also works as a critic and freelance journalist for Vagant, and will publish a translation of Mexican poet Gloria Gervitz in 2020.

+47 988 42 010

Administration, the Bergen House of Literature

Kristin Helle- Valle

General manager

Inga Moen Danielsen

Event coordinator

Margunn Vikingstad


Anna Ofstad

Communication manager

Ane W. Wathne




Heidi Bøhagen

Programme manager

Hrafnkell Hrafnkelsson

Technical manager


For more information please see the Bergen House of Literature´s website.

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