Henrik Ibsen

4 Scandi Trailblazers Who Changed the World

When Nora, heroine of Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, walks out on her husband, she slams the door as she goes. It was said that the sound of that slamming door echoed around the marital homes of Europe, resulting in some very worried husbands. Ibsen’s feminism, so strongly depicted in this play, was unfortunately not carried into his private life.

Henrik Ibsen’s personal life was a turbulent one – learn more about this great dramatist and his finest play.

Henrik Ibsen, the ‘Father of Realism’, broke all the theatrical rules of his day and founded modern theatre. After Shakespeare, he is considered the second-most influential playwright of all time, and such plays as Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck and Hedda Gabler challenged audiences in Ibsen’s day and continue to do so today.

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your Trailblazers series.

As a lifelong Francophone and Francophile, it was so interesting to get the whole story as it were, about your subjects. In each of your presentations, I learned a great deal that I didn’t know, and your information was spot on. 

So I thank you so much for the opportunity to listen and learn.

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed watching your four French Trailblazers lectures. It was a wonderful treat for me to sit back on a Monday early evening, to listen, watch and learn from you.
Thank you so much for the marvellous French Series. I have savoured every word. You really kept our minds in high spirits just when needed. 
Looking forward to your future events. Your range of interests and enthusiasm is inspiring. 
Stay safe, well and curious!

Thank you for your most interesting and informative talk about Victor Hugo. It has stimulated me to get to the library and borrow one of his novels when I can of course. 


I loved the lecture, it was so wonderful to be back. I have resisted zoom as I felt I spent too much time on screens. However, being back listening to Susannah’s fantastic lectures was marvellous. I can’t wait until next Monday. 


We simply loved last night’s talk, we were listening intently and making notes of new places to visit once “it’s all over.” 

Geraldine and Richard

Your talk on Victor Hugo was – as expected – brilliant. Yes, his house on Guernsey is extraordinary (I was there in 2015).


I enjoyed your talk on Victor Hugo very much, especially as I have been to his house in Place des Vosges, which I found remarkable. I had booked a trip to visit the house in the Channel Islands but Covid intervened.


Thank you very much for your Zoom meeting on Victor Hugo yesterday. As is always the case, your presentation was excellent and I much enjoyed being enlightened further on his works and his life.

I look forward to next week’s lecture on Paul Cezanne.


You make your authors and their story come to life for me. I am so appreciative! I’ve watched your videos from RACV, Tea with a Book Addict and now your new series. As I live in Melbourne with so many restrictions, you have been the face I have seen most frequently, I count myself very lucky!


Thank you so much for the delightful talk on Victor Hugo yesterday. It was packed with so many interesting facts and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. 


Thank you for your wonderful talk yesterday. My friend Jan who watched with me said “now I know why you go on those trips”.

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  1. Marcia Vallance

    Thankyou for a wonderful talk about Henrik Ibsen, one of my favourite playwrights. You were talking about other Scandinavian trailblazers and I haven’t heard you ever mention Tove Jansson, artist and author of the Moomin books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Tove Jansson Work and Love” by Tuula Karjalainen. Perhaps you have read it and enjoyed it too. Tove was a true trailbrazer, writing these amazing books and illustrating them herself. She was also a friend of Astrid Lindgren.
    Marcia Vallance

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Oh I love the Moomins and not long ago watched a fascinating documentary about Tove. An amazing woman. I was sticking to Sweden, Denmark and Norway because that was where my literary tour and I’d already done a lot of the work, but if I do a Scandi Trailblazers Part 2, I’d certianly include Tove.
      Thanks for the reminder.

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