About the festival

Dates for the next festival: 20 May to 25 May 2014

The Norwegian Festival of Literature is the largest literature festival in the Nordic countries based on non capital values. Its main focus is Norwegian contemporary literature and the interaction between literature and society. In the past few years it has had an increasingly international profile with a particular focus on literature from the Nordic countries.

The festival takes place every year in Lillehammer at the end of May/start of June.

The festival contains everything from large scale events to intimate small events: meetings with authors and authorships, readings, interviews, debates, lectures, concerts, art exhibitions, seminars, theatre, film and quiz.
This is a festival for an extensive reading audience: kindergarten- and school children, families, book club members, teachers, students, journalists and politicians.

The festival is also Norway’s largest meeting point for authors, translators, literary critics, publishers and librarians. 

Goals and strategies

The Norwegian Festival of Literature has two defined main goals:
– to increase general interest in literature
– to be a central arena for literature in Norway and Scandinavia

The strategy to reach these goals are:
– network building
– working together with relevant cultural institutions and organizations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
– preserving and renewing our volunteering traditions


Festival director: Marit Borkenhagen

Artistic adviser: Lina Undrum Mariussen

Head of Pegasus: Randi Høiholt-Vågsnes

Production coordinator: Annette Seglem

The history:

The Norwegian Festival of Literature started as a seminar about Sigrid Undset at Nansenskolen in Lillehammer in 1993. After two years the seminar was turned into a foundation and has since developed into the largest non-commercial meeting point in the literary world of the Nordic countries. In 2013 the festival had over 23.000 visitors over six days and almost 200 events.

The festival is a non-profit organization and is dependent of the volunteering of our functionaries as well as the involvement of institutions such as Maihaugen, Lillehammer College University, Lillehammer Art Museum, Nansenskolen, The Norwegian Publishers Association, The Norwegian Writers Centre and several smaller organizations such as The Sigrid Undset Society.


Festival themes:

Responsibility 2013
Money 2012
The city 2011
Break away 2010
Truth 2009
The Future 2008
Infidelity 2007
Staging 2006
Conflict and reconciliation 2005
Europe 2004
Crime and poetry 2003
Myths 2002
Power 2001
Folly and writers 2000
Damned writers 1999
What about history? 1998
The 70’s in Norwegian literature 1997
The 1960’s 1996