Conversation: Creating (M)other tongues

23.03.2019 12:00–14:00

Kajsaniemigatan 9, 00100 Helsingfors

Languages: English

Welcome to a talk on writing and publishing in Sweden and Finland with writers with different mother tongues.

In relation to Nordic Culture Point’s thematic Migration and World Storytelling Day celebration on Match 20th multilingual literature project NolitchX and Sivuvalo invites to a conversation with poets Najlaa Eltom (Sudan/Sweden), Petra Mölstad (Sweden), and José Luis Rico Carrillo (Mexico/Finland) on their experience of writing and publishing in the Nordic countries Finland and Sweden.

What is the relationship between writing and migration? Does a writer’s use of her or his mother tongue change with migration, through living and writing in a foreign context? Where does a Sudanese poet in Sweden or a Mexican poet in Finland publish her or his work? Is it really easier for Finnish, Finnish Swedish and Swedish poets to publish their work in Finland and Sweden?

The poets will also read some of their work. The poems will be read in the original language (Arabic, Spanish and Swedish) with Finnish translations.

The talk will be moderated by PhD Anne Ketola.

Language: English.

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