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LitFestBergen 2020

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Giving non-fiction an equal billing

A number of Norwegian non-fiction authors will be at LitFestBergen next February. “We’re making a commitment to factual literature because it embraces so many good works which combine interesting information with a good literary standard,” says festival director Teresa Grøtan.

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Great Norwegian storytellers to LitFestBergen

Laughter, new insights and surprises are among the qualities that make people keep reading good novels, says Lars Saabye Christensen. He and Ketil Bjørnstad are among the attendants when LitFestBergen welcomes some of Norway’s most prominent fiction writers. 


Sami literature: everyday life making its appearance

What traces have the history of the Sami as an oppressed minority left in their literature? And what directions will this young literary movement take now?


Sámi girjjálašvuohta: Dál álgá árgabeaivi

Makkár luottaid lea guođđán sápmelaččaid historjá vealahuvvon unnitlogu álbmogin sámi girjjálašvuhtii? Ja man guvlui lea nuorra, sámi girjjálašvuohta jođus?


An uprising veiled in silence

Risten Sokki’s great-grandfather was only 30 years old when he was beheaded after the Kautokeino rebellion in 1852. This traumatic family story found expression in the Sami writer’s first poetry collection.

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Refusing to objectify

Prize-winning short-story writer Laila Stien has consciously chosen not to use her knowledge of Sami life and culture in her own work. She will be at LitFestBergen in February.


Passionate discussion adds to the interest

The LitFestBergen reading circle will be tackling The Cry of Winnie Mandela on 7 November. We dropped by a recent meeting to learn why regular participants Jacob (30) and Lone (46) think it is worth attending.

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- The world has failed Syria

Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa (b. 1964), a finalist of the National Book Award for Death is Hard Work, lives in Damascus. Next February he will be in Bergen to talk about the daily life in Syria and the role of literature in conflict areas.

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Hailing a unique creative voice

Some people place American poet and essayist Mary Ruefle in company with Anne Carson and Maggie Nelson. To Bergen author Gunnhild Øyehaug, though, she is in a class of her own.

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Was Nelson Mandela too forgiving?

Young South Africans like poet Koleka Putuma are critical of Nelson Mandela and the idea of a "Rainbow Nation", while professor Njabulo Ndebele seeks to preserve Mandela's heritage. Both will attend the Bergen International Literary Festival next February. 

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An unusual look at the ordinary

The programme for next year's Bergen International Literary Festival aims to challenge our understanding of the ordinary, says festival director Teresa Grøtan.

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“An explosion of new literature”

The perspective of the majority, who were brutally suppressed by the apartheid regime, has now become the norm in new South African literature, says professor Njabulo Ndebele.

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LitFestBergen becomes independent foundation

Birthe Kåfjord Lange, who chairs the new board of trustees for the event, did not think she was in the target audience for literary festivals.


Reading circle with Raja Shehadeh

In the lineup for LitFestBergen 2020 is Palestinian lawyer and political activist Raja Shehadeh, recently described by The Observer as "Palestine's greatest prose writer".


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Read up for LitFestBergen 2020

The Indian author and dancer Tishani Doshi (b 1975) will attend LitFestBergen 2020. Her poetry collection Girls Are Coming out of the Woods will be the first book to be discussed in the reading circle. 

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LitFestBergen media coverage

A selection of the media coverage from online newspapers.

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Listen to podcasts from LitFestBergen 2019

Miss out on something, or just want to listen to it again? Look up LittPod.

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LitFestBergen 2019

See photos from the first LitFestBergen held in February 2019.

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Programme for pupils with Helon Habila and Marta Breen

Pupils from Rothaugen, St. Paul and Steinerskolen met Helon Habila and Marta Breen.

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Opening speech LitFestBergen 2019

Speech from the opening of LitFestBergen, 14 February

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Welcome to the launch party

We will be celebrating the full programme for the Bergen International Literary Festival from 20.00-21.00 on Tuesday 29 January.

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Authors from more than 20 countries to new literature festival in Bergen

The first Bergen International Literary Festival for Non-Fiction and Fiction (LitFestBergen) will be staged from 14-17 February 2019 at Litteraturhuset i Bergen (the Bergen House of Literature).

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Give a book and a meeting with the author for Christmas

Looking for this year's Christmas present? You get a 10 percent discount on a festival ticket and the relevant book.

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"Ugandans are fed up with reading about Idi Amin"

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi mostly avoids the colonial period and Idi Amin´s reign, in her historic novel about Uganda.

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Experimental, literary grandmaster to Bergen

She is described as a genuinely free-thinker. In February you can meet Dubravka Ugrešić in Bergen.

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Did science get women wrong?

The award-winning science journalist Angela Saini shows how new research on women and men tell a completely different story than the one we have been told.


Norway's most prominent authors to LittfestBergen

We welcome Pedro Carmona-Alvarez, Tomas Espedal, Cecilie Løveid, Olaug Nilssen, Erlend O. Nødtvedt and Gunnhild Øyehaug.

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The power of the novel

The novel can tell what no other narrative can express, according to Colombian Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

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Saudi-Arabian star poet to Bergen

Hissa Hilal from Saudi Arabia aroused both amazement and enthusiasm, as well as rage, when she read her poem Fatwa on live television for 75 million viewers.

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Opening towards the world

Breaching boundaries in the world of literature is the clear goal of the Bergen International Literary Festival (LitFestBergen), says director Teresa Grøtan.

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– The worst thing to happen in Nigeria since the Biafran war

In 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria. Helon Habila (Nigeria) has written the book The Chibok Girls, after investigating what really happened.

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