My Favourite Books of 2021

2021 may not have been the year I read the most books, but I discovered some true gems nonetheless. I have listed my 5 favourites in no particular order. 1. I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem – Maryse Conde (Original title Moi, Tituba… Sorciere, Noire de Salem, translated by Richard Philcox)Although I mentioned that thereContinue reading “My Favourite Books of 2021”

Hva jeg leser – Slemme Piker av Camilla Sosa Villada

Original tittel – Las Malas Oversatt fra spansk av Signe Prøis Det første som drar meg inn i Slemme Piker, er språket. Det lyriske språket og dens evne til å umiddelbart trekke leseren inn i den melankolske og til tider nærmest mytiske verdenen til Camilla Sosa Villada.  Slemme Piker er en roman basert på livetContinue reading “Hva jeg leser – Slemme Piker av Camilla Sosa Villada”

How I (Didn’t Manage to) Delete Dating Apps for Good.

Dear Reader. Fear not. If you worried this would be yet another smug essay written by a white girl sipping an overpriced Flat White at a cafe in a gentrified neighbourhood somewhere in the Western Hemisphere, writing about how she managed to pull herself together and delete all her dating apps for good, and startContinue reading “How I (Didn’t Manage to) Delete Dating Apps for Good.”

A Love Letter to Dublin

Beautiful,Is not how most people would describe you.But I think you are. I think of you often. St Stephen’s Green,Where the London Planes stand tall and ancient,Mulling over the history they have witnessed,How once revolutionaries thundered below their leafy crowns. Rathmines clocktower Glowing in the dying light of day,Like a cat’s eye.The hills beyond. DublinContinue reading “A Love Letter to Dublin”

Reading in The Time of COVID-19 – When Books Can’t Cure Loneliness.

Lockdown, along with nine months of unemployment earlier this year, gave me more time than usual to read. Yet, the amount of books I have gotten through since the pandemic began, is not particularly impressive. The thing is, a lot of the time I feel too lonely to read. The phrase “reading makes me feelContinue reading “Reading in The Time of COVID-19 – When Books Can’t Cure Loneliness.”

“I’ll Tell You What My Dream Job Is” – Daring to Dream as an Adult

I have been to a few interviews lately. Like many, caught in the grips of the coronavirus and global recessions, I have been unemployed for several months. Since December 2019 to be precise. At every single one of these recent interviews, I have been asked the following question; “Tell me, what is your dream job?”Continue reading ““I’ll Tell You What My Dream Job Is” – Daring to Dream as an Adult”

Who’s Afraid of the Monster in the Lake? – Remembering Folklore Creatures from Childhood.

Most Norwegian children are at some point during their childhood, confronted with the creatures that populate our folklore, fairy-tales and myths. There are many of them, some benevolent, others evil, some a bit of both. There are of course the trolls, who live in the dark woods and mountain ranges and who will burst ifContinue reading “Who’s Afraid of the Monster in the Lake? – Remembering Folklore Creatures from Childhood.”

“Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” – What I’ve been reading

I first came across Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead during a work shift at the independent bookstore I worked in while studying in Dublin. The title, taken from the work of William Blake, made my eyes rest with intrigue on the blue paperback cover. Several months later I finally got aroundContinue reading ““Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” – What I’ve been reading”

To Apply or not to Apply; A Postgraduate`s opinions of a Creative Writing Degree

On a balmy morning in late August 2019, I handed in a bound copy of my thesis in Creative Writing. Finally, I had completed the last step in a year-long M.Phil (Masters in Philosophy) course at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. From the moment I understood the concept of a career I wanted to be aContinue reading “To Apply or not to Apply; A Postgraduate`s opinions of a Creative Writing Degree”