We are continuing our creative literary interviews series with HLA’s writers! This season’s most talked-about author Anu Kaaja reveals her fears over publishing Katie-Kate, the novel full of mainstream porn as well as feminist and social class commentary, and traces back the beginnings of her unusual style. Read the interview here.
We are continuing our creative literary interviews series with HLA’s writers! Sámi poet, musician and activist and the author of Underfoot Niillas Holmberg, recently nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize, discusses the rise of indigenous people, the most annoying stereotypes yet to be overturned and the greatest Sámi artists everyone should hear about. Read the entire interview here.
As the jury stated in its rationale:
“Underfoot is like a political and cunning joik that even the underworld can rely on. This is a volume of poetry in which both the illustrations and the well-chosen words build an aesthetic that allows for a broader mindset towards nature conservation, in terms of both willingness and knowledge.“
Underfoot is a collection of poems that emphasises the connection between people and the earth. It praises nature folklore whilst questioning whether it fits in with our contemporary mind and way of life.
It is the second time Holmberg was been shortlisted for the award. More information can be found on Nordic Council’s website.
Congratulations to the author!