catch? She is not allowed to travel there. Instead, the locals themselves provide Penny with inspiration for her book, share stories and tips remotely by email or phone, and later assist her in her research.
Penny doesn’t know what the book is at this stage. Her contributions she receives will be decisive in deciding what kind of book she will ultimately write.
This project will be part of the Bodø European Capital of Culture 2024 program.
Steph Penny is an award-winning best-selling Scottish writer. Her book has been translated into 30 languages. In 2006, she won one of Britain’s most prestigious literary awards, the Costa Book of the Year, for her novel “Wolf’s Kindness,” set in Canada.
Penny has received much praise for his ability to portray landscapes and create atmosphere, even though he has never been to Canada. She was suffering from agoraphobia at the time, so she was doing all the research at a local library in London.
“In connection with Bodø 2024, we wanted to have a foreign writer write a book about Nordland with a strong sense of place and start a literary project to explain us” from the outside “. Henrik Sand Dagfinrud, Program Director of Bodø 2024, said:
Nodeland as the background for a new international bestseller?
Locals in Nordland can share their stories and tips on everything they can imagine in a book. These could be details from people (living or dead) who can make good characters for their own lives, novels, interesting places, historical events, etc.
Penny follows up on what he finds most interesting tips by phone and email, and expects many interesting interactions with the people involved in the project.
Maybe someone’s great-grandmother can be the central figure in the book. Alternatively, famous local landmarks may be the background for an important event in the book. Here you can tell a known and unknown local story to a large international audience.
This is the first time a book has been written like that. Quercus Books in London, part of the Hachette Group, one of the world’s largest publishers, will publish an English version in early 2024 and will be translated into Norwegian later that year. Everyone who holds a contribution to the project will be credited to the book.
“When I first came up with the idea, I thought it wasn’t! The prospect of writing by the deadline and sharing part of my (troublesome and immeasurable) writing process is initially horrifying. But something about it couldn’t let me go … the idea that people elsewhere come up with their stories and experiences is different and fresh, “Penny said.
Source: Bodø 2024 / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayTravel
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