Authors LitFestBergen 2020
MiRee Abrahamsen (b 1973, South Korea) is a Norwegian author and visual artist.
Cathrine Baglo (b 1969, Norway) is a writer and researcher, whose work is heavily concerned with the cultural history of the Sami people and other indigenous groups.
Berit Bareksten (b 1968, Norway) is an editor and sociologist employed as a project manager at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
Kjersti G. Berg
Kjersti G. Berg (b 1975, Norway) is a post-doctoral researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen.
Ingrid Berven (b 1951, Norway) is a visual artist educated at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and the Grieg Academy.
Kari Birkeland (b Norway) is a journalist and producer who is known as a news presenter for the TV2 channel.
Kjersti Bjørkmo (b 1971, Norway) is a poet from Northern Norway, currently living and working in Oslo.
Ketil Bjørnstad (b 1952, Norway) is a pianist, composer and prolific author.
Alt Går Bra
Alt Går Bra is a group of visual artists researching the intersections between art and politics through exhibitions, discursive events and publications.
Ingrid Brekke (b 1969, Norway) is a journalist and author.
James Byrne (b 1977, UK) is a poet, editor and translator.
Heidi Bøhagen (b 1983, Norway) works as programme director for the Bergen House of Literature.
Pedro Carmona-Alvarez (b 1972, Chile) is a Norwegian author and musician based in Bergen.
Patrick Chamoiseau (b 1953, Martinique) is a French-language author who has been a leading figure in the créolité (Creoleness) literary movement.
Lars Saabye Christensen
Lars Saabye Christensen (b 1953, Norway) is one of Norway’s leading contemporary writers.
Susanne Christensen (b 1969, Denmark) is a Dano-Norwegian literary critic and essayist who lives in Berlin.
Bjørn Dahl (b 1958, Norway) is a student and farmer who is currently a convict in the Bjørgvin prison.
Antony Dapiran (b 1975, Australia) is a Hong Kong-based lawyer, photographer and author whose book City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong has been lauded as one of the most influential texts on contemporary protests in the city state.
Diana Darke (b 1956, UK) is an author and broadcaster best known as an expert on Middle Eastern culture.
Marie Darrieussecq (b 1969, France) is an award-winning French novelist with an international readership.
Nhu Diep (b 1978, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese-Norwegian illustrator and graphic designer.
Tishani Doshi (b 1975, India) is a poet, novelist and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent.
Marit Eikemo (b 1971, Norway) is an influential essayist, novelist and editor.
Ashur Etwebi (b 1952, Libya) is one of Libya’s leading poets.
Anna Fiske (b 1964, Sweden) is an author, illustrator and cartoonist who has published more than 60 books across a wide range of genres.
Harald Gaski (b 1955, Norway) is a Professor of Sámi culture and literature at Sámi University of Applied Sciences.
Gloria Gervitz (b 1943, Mexico) is a poet descended from Ukrainian Jews and currently based in the USA. She received the Pablo Neruda Prize for Ibero-American Poetry in 2019.
Frode Grytten (b 1960, Norway) is an author based in Bergen.
Alf van der Hagen
Alf van der Hagen (b 1962, Norway) is an author who has written several books based on interviews with their subject.
Fredrik Hagen (b 1991, Norway) is a poet and has long edited the Forsvinningspunkt fanzine.
Eivind Riise Hauge
Eivind Riise Hauge (b 1980, Norway) made his literary debut in 2010 with the short-story collection Victor Tukmakovs siste vinter.
Niillas Holmberg (b 1990, Finland) is a Sami musician, writer, and actor.
Kristine Hovda (b 1984, Norway) is a musician, journalist and author who has written for numerous newspapers.
Kristian Hæggernes (b 1972, Norway) is an author based in Bergen.
Doung Anwar Jahangeer
Doung Anwar Jahangeer (b 1976, Mauritius) is an artist and architect based in Durban, South Africa.
Kari Jegerstedt (b 1963, Norway) is an associate professor in the centre for women’s and gender research at UiB.
Anders Johansen (b 1952, Norway) is a professor in the department of information science and media studies at the University of Bergen.
Jens M. Johansson
Jens M. Johansson (b 1971, Sweden) is a Norwegian journalist and author.
Penny Johnson (b 1947 , Japan), now based in Ramallah, is an author, researcher and founding member of the Institute of Women's Studies at Birzeit University in Palestine.
Nitasha Kaul (b 1976, India) is an academic, author, artist and economist.
Khaled Khalifa (b 1964, Syria) is a novelist, screenwriter and poet born in Aleppo and currently living in Damascus.
Nazneen Khan-Østrem (b 1968, Kenya) is a British-Norwegian author and editor based in Oslo.
Jens Kihl (b 1986, Norway) is a commentator, author and adherent of Norway’s Nynorsk (New Norwegian) language movement.
Esther Kinsky (b 1956, Germany) is an author and translator regarded as one of Germany’s foremost contemporary writers.
Amalie Holt Kleive
Amalie Holt Kleive (b 1994, Norway) is a jazz vocalist and producer.
Jan H. Landro
Jan H Landro (b 1948, Norway) is an author, journalist and regular contributor to Dag og Tid.
Lynda Blackmon Lowery
Lynda Blackmon Lowery (b 1950, USA) was the youngest participant in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965, fighting alongside Martin Luther King, Jr to secure the right to vote for African-Americans.
Ingunn Lunde (b 1969, Norway), is professor of Russian at the University of Bergen.
Cecilie Løveid (b 1951, Norway) is an award-winning author and one of Norway’s most frequently performed playwrights.
Mazen Maarouf (b 1978, Lebanon) is a Palestinian writer whose short story collection Jokes for the Gunmen was longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. He lives in Iceland.
Miro Mantere (b 1971, Finland), also known as Mir-0, is an award-winning, internationally performing musician, composer and sound artist.
Annette Mattsson (b 1959, Norway) is a Bergen-based writer, specialising primarily in short fiction.
Daniel Medin (b 1975, USA) lives in France, where he is an associate professor of comparative literature and English at the American University of Paris.
Kaja Schjerven Mollerin
Kaja Schjerven Mollerin (b 1980, Norway) is a critic at Klassekampen, a former editor of Vinduet and a member of the editorial team at Agora.
Pippa Murphy (b 1972, UK) is an award-winning composer and sound designer known for combining orchestras, singers and instrumentalists with ambient soundscapes.
Njabulo Ndebele (b 1948, South Africa) is an author and academic and by many considered one of the foremost intellectuals of South Africa.
Jason Y Ng
Jason Y Ng (b 1972, Hong Kong) is an author, journalist and pro-democracy activist who served as the inaugural president of PEN Hong Kong.
Erlend O. Nødtvedt
Erlend O. Nødtvedt (b 1984, Norway) is a critically acclaimed poet, known for his playful take on literary tradition.
Michael Opara (b Nigeria), also known as Doriansgrave, is a spoken-word performer and musician based in Bergen.
Kristin Skare Orgeret
Kristin Skare Orgeret (b 1968, Norway) is professor in Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University.
Bjørn Ousland (b 1959, Norway) is a Brage Prize-winning illustrator and children’s writer.
Taqralik Partridge (b Canada) is a writer and spoken-word performer of Inuit and Scottish-Canadian heritage, currently based at Kautokeino in northern Norway.
Frode Helmich Pedersen
Frode Helmich Pedersen (b 1976, Norway) is associate professor of Nordic literature at the University of Bergen, and has served for many years as a literary critic for Bergens Tidende and Morgenbladet.
Koleka Putuma (b 1993, South Africa) is a performance poet, playwright and theatre director based in Cape Town.
Vibeke Knoop Rachline
Vibeke Knoop Rachline (b 1954, Norway) is a Norwegian journalist who has been based in Paris for over four decades.
Mary Ruefle (b 1952, USA) is a poet and essayist, whose career in writing spans close to four decades.
Tora de Zwart Rørholt
Tora de Zwart Rørholt (b 1981, Norway) is a producer at Carte Blanche, the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, and has contributed to several large performances since 2012.
Bjørn H. Samset
Bjørn H. Samset (b 1977, Norway) is a physicist and climate scientist.
Sigri Sandberg (b 1975, Norway) is an author and journalist, working for leading Norwegian newspapers over more than 20 years.
Kjersti Sandvik (b 1964, Norway) is a journalist and author who can look back on more than 20 years of working in the fisheries press.
Qin Sanshu (b 1991, China) is a poet, translator and editor, currently based in Paris as a PhD candidate in French literature.
Raja Shehadeh (b 1951, Palestine) is a writer, lawyer and political activist, recognised by The Observer as “Palestine’s greatest prose writer”.
Jacob Silkstone (b 1989, UK) is a Bergen-based writer and editor, originally from the UK.
Øystein Skjælaaen (b 1977, Norway) is an author, researcher and musician.
Sigbjørn Skåden (b 1976, Norway) is a Sami author and cultural worker.
Risten Sokki (b 1954, Norway) is a Sami poet and teacher.
Kjersti Løken Stavrum
Kjersti Løken Stavrum (b 1969, Norway) is a prominent journalist and editor who served as secretary general of the Norwegian Press Association from 2013 to 2016.
Thorvald Steen (b 1954, Norway) is a writer known for his internationally read novels, and his work for promoting freedom of speech and human rights.
Jonny Steinberg (b 1970, South Africa) is a writer and scholar whose work has been influential in charting South Africa’s transition to democracy.
Maria Stepanova (b 1972, Russia) is a poet, essayist and journalist based in Moscow.
Laila Stien (b 1946, Norway) is a novelist, poet and translator from Northern Norway.
Espen Stueland (b 1970, Norway) is an author, magazine editor, critic and essayist.
Synneve Sundby (b 1959, Norway) is a translator who has been based in Paris for more than three decades.
Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde
Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde (b 1972, Norway) is a professor of law at the University of Oslo.
Grethe Fatima Syéd
Grethe Fatima Syéd (b 1968, Norway) is a writer, translator and academic, specialising in the work of Olav Duun.
Trond-Viggo Torgersen (b 1954, Norway) is a broadcaster, author, artist and physician.
Salil Tripathi (b India) is an award-winning journalist and author currently based in New York, where he chairs PEN International's writers in prison committee.
Ida Lødemel Tvedt
Ida Lødemel Tvedt (b 1987, Norway) is an essayist, critic and author.
Hedley Twidle (b 1980, South Africa) is a writer, teacher and researcher based in Cape Town.
Eirik Vassenden (b 1971, Norway) is professor of Nordic literature at the University of Bergen.
Heidi Marie Vestrheim
Heidi Marie Vestrheim (b 1977, Norway) is a singer, songwriter, musician and broadcaster.
Siss Vik (b 1970, Norway) is a literary critic who works for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and presents literature on radio, TV, the web and Instagram.
Margunn Vikingstad (b 1971, Norway) is a literary critic and translator who has studied Nordic languages and literature at the University of Oslo.
Saskia Vogel (b 1981, USA) is a Berlin-based writer and translator whose debut novel was published in four languages in 2019.
Tonje Vold (b 1972, Norway) is an associate professor in the department of archivistics, library and information science at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University.
Yin Wang (b 1962, China) is one of China’s most influential contemporary poets.
Kjersti Wold (b 1962, Norway) is an author and academic known for her courses in creative writing.
Kate Young (b 1987, UK) is a Scottish composer, singer and fiddler based in Edinburgh.
Tiril Broch Aakre
Tiril Broch Aakre (b 1976, Norway) is an author of books for both adults and children.
Selma Lønning Aarø
Selma Lønning Aarø (b 1972, Norway) is a novelist, children’s writer and columnist.