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LitFestBergen media coverage

A selection of the media coverage from online sources.

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Photos from the pupils programme

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

Photos from the opening day

Thursday 14 February 2019, LitFestBergen opened for the first time.

Opening speech

Speech from the opening of Bergen International Literary Festival by festival director Teresa Grøtan.

Mer, Mer, Mère

"The sea is my life, our life, the mother's breast of all living things", writes author Yann Queffélec.

Living in a Society of Fear

There are so many things you can do wrong. Essay by Heinz Bude, sociologist and author.

Alisa Ganieva and Russian understanding of history

Ideology and propaganda in Russia during the Soviet era looked to the future and the dream of socialism’s ultimate triumph. Today, however, the glorious past has taken over the role of symbolic capital for the powers that be.

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.

Nationless writing

“Refugees fall into two categories, those with and those without photographs”. An essay about Dubravka Ugrešić by Inger Bråtveit.

Authors from more than 20 countries to LitFestBergen

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

The Cartographer and the Rastaman

Where is “arguably the most vigorous and exciting body of poetry in our time” being written? According to Stewart Brown and Mark McWatt, the answer is the Caribbean.

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.

Experimental, literary grandmaster to LitFestBergen

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

– 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.

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.

Picture of the Bergen House of Literature

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Portrait of Teresa Grøtan

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.

Join the reading circle

Enjoy reading literature from all over the world? Read up on the festival authors together with others who share your interest in literature.

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.

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

– This is my country and my response is the response of millions of other Nigerians who are helplessly caught in this insurgency, says author of The Chibok Girls, Helon Habila.

Portrait of Juan Gabriel Vásquez

The power of the novel

The novel can tell what no other narrative can say, according to one of the most celebrated authors in the Spanish language, Colombian Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

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