1 October 2021 Susannah

4 Scandi Trailblazers

So many of you have joined me for my Zoom lecture series on ‘Four French Trailblazers’ and I’ve been absolutely thrilled by the response I’ve received to the talks. I’ve even had some people email me to say they don’t know what they will do on Mondays once the series is over!

Well, don’t despair, I have another exciting new series to offer, which will take you to another of my favourite parts of the world – Scandinavia where we will track another Four Trailblazers.

I remember when I first planned a Scandinavian literary tour and mentioned the idea to friends. I was often met with blank looks – Scandi writers? Who on earth could they be, some people wondered? I then mentioned a few names – Hans Christian Andersen, Karen Blixen, Henrik Ibsen, the philosopher Kierkegaard, Astrid Lindgren, Nobel Prize winners Sigrid Undset, Knut Hamsun and Selma Lagerlof, and explorer Thor Heyerdahl – and received nods of recognition. And that was before I mentioned the amazing range of crime writers – Henning Mankell, Stieg Larssen, Camilla Lackberg, Gunnar Staalesen, Jorn Lier Horst, and Jo Nesbo, just to name a few.

Leading the Scandinavian literary tour was one of the most exciting experiences I have ever had. The guides were amazing, the scenery breathtaking and the quality of literary museums was seriously impressive.

Just at the moment, it is a bit difficult to plan another such tour to that glorious part of the world. However, we can travel there virtually, and I’d love to introduce you to ‘Four Scandinavian Trailblazers’, people who changed society in their very different ways. Learn more about two Norwegians, a Dane and a Swede, all people who broke new ground and left their mark on the world.

Are you a lover of Scandinavian innovation? Have you been there, or if not, what country would you be most interested in seeing? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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