Women’s Writes in Conversation with the EUPL
In this series, Women’s Writes sits down and chats with some of the female winners of the European Union Prize for Literature. We talk about all things writing, from where to get started, to what it is like to have a book published, to what it means to be a female writer.
We are really excited to present winners of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) Maria Navarro Skaranger, the 2020 laureate from Norway, and Ida Hegazi Høyer, the 2015 laureate from Norway.
Maria Navarro Skaranger (1994) was born and lives in Oslo. She has studied writing at the Academy of Creative Writing in Hordaland and comparative literature at the University of Oslo. As the author of just two books, Skaranger displays an impressive preciseness in the way she brings up relevant themes with great originality. Her debut novel All the Foreigners Have Closed Curtains (2015) is the first Norwegian book written in a consistent multi-ethnolect from a diverse Oslo suburb, her language absorbing expressions from different countries and backgrounds. The novel received much attention and was awarded the First Novel Prize. The film version of the novel was launched in Norwegian cinemas in March 2020. Her second novel, Bok om sorg (Fortellingen om Nils i skogen) (Book of Grief (The Story of Nils in the Woods)), was published in 2018 and won the Oslo Prize the same year. In 2019, she was one of 12 contributors to Homeland, a prestigious anthology co-edited by HRH Mette-Marit, which explores what it means to be Norwegian.
Ida Hegazi Høyer, born in 1981, is a Norwegian citizen with Danish-Egyptian ancestors. Her roots are in Lofoten in the north of Norway, but she grew up in Oslo. Høyer has studied sociology and worked in a clothing store, and she now writes and lives in Oslomarka – the woodlands surrounding Oslo. She is the author of three novels: her debut, Under the World, was published in autumn 2012, followed by Out in 2013 and Forgive Me in 2014. In August 2014 she was the recipient of Norway’s Bjørnsonstipendet, awarded to a prominent young talent.