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Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen was born in 1980 into a Faroese-Danish family. She lives in Copenhagen and works as an author and critic. Island is her critically acclaimed and internationally award-winning debut novel and has been translated into five languages.

Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen’s Festival appearance is generously supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.

Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen appears as part of Nordic Bridges 2022.

Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of eleven collections of poetry, a novel, and three short story collections, and the recipient of the Swedish Academy’s 2022 Nordic Prize. Her memoir, When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back, was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award in Translated Literature and the 2020 PEN Translation Award, and was a finalist for the 2019 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages.

Naja Marie Aidt’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Danish Arts Foundation.

Naja Marie Aidt appears as part of Nordic Bridges 2022.

Olga Ravn is one of Denmark’s most celebrated contemporary authors. Her work combines several genres. Her debut poetry collection, I Devour Myself Like Heather, was published to acclaim in 2012. Alongside Johanne Lykke Holm, Ravn ran the feminist performance group and writing school Hekseskolen from 2015 to 2019. She has worked as a critic, teacher, and translator. In collaboration with Danish publisher Gyldendal, she edited a selection of Tove Ditlevsen’s books that relaunched Ditlevsen’s readership worldwide. The Employees, translated into English by award-winning translator Martin Aitken, was a finalist for the 2021 International Booker Prize. Ravn lives in Copenhagen.

Olga Ravn’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Danish Arts Foundation.

Olga Ravn appears as part of Nordic Bridges 2022.

Mads Peder Nordbo (b. 1970) lived in Nuuk, Greenland for several years. He holds degrees in Literature, Communications and Philosophy from The University of Southern Denmark and the University of Stockholm.

Please be advised that Mads Peder Nordbo, originally scheduled for MOTIVE Festival, can no longer appear. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change.

Ronni Abergel is a journalist and social change activist. He is the creator of the Human Library and founder of the Human Library Organization (HLO). Widower and father of two, he was born in Copenhagen with stints to the Sinai and US. He is leading the work of the HLO to embed the Human Library in communities around the world.