Literature Talk: Korea & Norway
Celebrating 60 Years of Friendship
Come and join writers from Korea and Norway! This event will showcase a group of novelists and a group of poets in two short sessions. For the poets’ session, stay tuned for some wonderful discussion on poetry by poets Kim Yong Taik, author of Seomjingang River, and Kristin Berget, author of og når det blir lyst blir det helt fanatstisk. And don’t miss the novelists’ talk! Meet Shin Kyung-Sook, author of Please Look After Mom(Jenta som skrev ensomhet), Lee Seung-U, author of Private Life of Plants(Plantenes hemmelige liv), and Eirik Ingebrigtsen, author of Spikrar frå fallande plankar. Novelist Victoria Bø will be moderating both sessions.
This event was organized by Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) in order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Norway, with help of Norwegian Authors’ Union. For further information on the panels, please refer to the attached writer profiles.
Writers from Norway
Kristin Berget, born 1975, resides in Tomter, south of Oslo. She debuted in 2007 with the poetry collection loosing louise, and published her second collection, Der Ganz Weg in 2009. In 2013, she published two poetry collections, Hennes ansikt (Her Face) and Min Natur (My Nature), on which she worked together with Swedish author Mara Lee. She published her first novel Sonja Sacre Coeur in 2015. In 2017, she published poetry collection og når det blir lyst blir det helt fanatstisk (and when it gets bright it becomes absoloutely amazing), which was nominated for Brageprisen , a prestigious Norwegian literary prize,.
She has a degree in Literary Composition from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her work has been translated into several languages, including Swedish, Danish, Polish, Serbian, German.
In 2012, she was a Nordic candidate for the European Poet of Freedom Award in Poland. She has been editor of Signaler from 2010 – 2014, an annual debutants anthology and has curated Harpefoss Poetry Festival since 2012. She has received Tanum’s women’s scholarship in 2012, and was awarded the Stig Sæterbakken Memorial Award in 2014.
Eirik Ingebrigtsen, born in 1975, is a writer and project manager at the Norwegian Author’s Center and is behind the program at Author Lecture. He is from Os and lives in Oslo. He has written the novels Vesen (2001), Snø dempar lyd, tre lukkar inne (Snow attenuates sound, Three shuts in, 2003), Vendrakovic (2006), Viddesyn (2009), Heimfall. Ei juleforteljing (Heimfall. A Christmas story, 2012) and Spikrar frå fallande plankar (Spikrar from falling planks, 2015), and together with Gunstein Bakke he has edited the anthology Respons 22/7 (2011).
In 2007, he was selected as Norwegian author of “Scritture Giovanni”, a European literary project. He was also shortlisted for the 2012 P2 Listeners Novel Award. In 2013, he was awarded the Hunger Prize, an annual literary award by the Board of Gyldendals Legat. He won the Nynorsk Literature Prize in 2016.
Writers from South Korea
Shin Kyung-Sook has authored many works of fiction in addition to Please Look After Mom(Jenta som skrev ensomhet), which has been published in more than thirty countries. She is one of South Korea’s most widely read and acclaimed novelists, and has been honored with the Manhae Grand Prize for Literature, the Dong-in Literature Prize, the Yi Sang Literary Prize, Mark of Respect award (2012), France’s Prix de l’Inaperçu and Man Asian Literary Prize(2011), and Hoam Prize for an Artist(2013).
Please Look After Mom has been selected as one of the Best Book of the Year, 2011 by USA Amazon.com, and was on the New York Times bestselling list. Shin has published seven novels, eight short story collections, and three essay collections as well. She was also a visiting scholar at Columbia University from 2010 to 2011 and currently lives in Seoul.
Lee Seung-U debuted in 1981 when his novel A Protrait of Erysichton won the New Writers Award from Korean Literature Monthly. He has published works of fiction including The Reverse Side of Life(1992), The Private Life of Plants(2000), The Gaze of Meridian(2009), and The Song of the Ground(2012). He has won the Daesan Literary Award, East West Literature Prize, the Contemporary Literature Award for Fiction, and the Hwang Sun-won Literary Award. His works have been translated and published in many different languages, including Polish, French, English, Spanish, and Russian. In 2019, his novel Plantenes hemmelige liv(The Private Life of Plants) was published in Norway. He currently works as the professor of Korean Literature at Chosun University.
Kim Yong Taik was born in 1948 in Imsil, North Jeolla Province. After graduating from Sunchang Agricultural High School, he taught at elementary schools. He made his literary debut in 1982 when his poems including “Seominjingang River I” were published in a poetry collection Undying Flame, along with works by twenty other poets. He has published numerous poetry collections including Seomjingang River(1985), A Clear Day(1986), The Road to Flower Mountain(1988), Your Daring Love(1993), However Crooked the Stage, Let’s Play the Drum Right(1996). He has won many literary prizes including the Kim Su-Young Literary Award in 1986, Sowol Poetry Award in 1997, and Yun Dong-ju Literary Award in 2012.
Victoria Bø is a Norwegian novelist currently working and writing in Norway. Her most recent book came out in March 2019 and it is an historical novel set in Oslo, Norway during World War II. Victoria has written five novels, one children´s book and one non-fiction book to date. Victoria also teaches creative writing. She has studied creative writing, modern languages, literature and political science at the University of Oslo, Norway and at the University of Virginia, USA. She holds her Master´s degree in international political economy from London School of Economics, England.