Welcoming Ingun Christensen to Orkney #ManyVoices

We are getting ready to welcome Ingun Christensen to Orkney as part of our Many Voices project in partnership with Orkney Library & Archive. Ingun is a Faroese author, and will be travelling to Kirkwall to visit a writing group led by author Alison Miller.

Ingun Christensen was raised in a bilingual home with a Faroese mother and Danish Father. She went on to study linguistics, and holds a Certificate in Trilingual Business Language English and German, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages and Business Studies.

Ingun has a working background within the tourist industry, administration/management and translation, but literature has been an important part of her life from early childhood on. She wrote her first poem at the age of 12, and also made a melody for it. Since then, Ingun wrote several songs for special family gatherings before starting to write professionally some years ago. Her first published work was a poem called “Trælabundin” (“Enslaved“) in the magazine “Kvinna” (“Woman“) in 2009.

Since then Ingun has published 6 books and several short stories. Many of her books are for children from the age of 5 up to the age of 14. Ingun’s latest book for young people was published in September 2017 and is based on a famous Faroese legend Annika í Dímun that takes place late in the 1500s. She has also published Silhouettes (2015), a collection of intertwined short stories for young adults.

Ingun describes her passion for storytelling:

“There is something alluring and exciting in combining imagination and words in creative writing – to tell a story where you are the creator and at times the listener and reader as well, when the story takes over.”

We are excited to welcome Ingun to Scotland – she will join a writing group led by Alison Miller. Alison was born and raised in Orkney, and now lives there again. Her novel, Demo was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. In 2016 she contributed to the anthology ‘Between Islands’, linking Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

For the past months, Alison has been leading a writing group creatively exploring what home and home in language mean to them. The group, alongside Ingun and Alison, will share some of their work on 2 December at Orkney Library & Archive, as part of Book Week Scotland.

You can find out more about Ingun’s work in her blog.