The Length and Breadth of the Nordic Region

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Kathrina Skraðsá

The Length and Breadth of the Nordic Region is a series of three anthologies as part of LØFTET, the culture ministers’ initiative for children’s and young people’s literature. The main focus is an annual interdisciplinary seminar on current Nordic children’s and young people’s literature, which leads to a three-part anthology addressing the themes discussed at the seminar and other relevant topics. We hope you will enjoy reading them.

The Length and Breadth of the Nordic Region: Ecocritical currents in Nordic children’s and young people’s literature

This anthology provides insight into ecocritical trends in recent Nordic children’s and young people’s literature from a research, communication, illustrative and creative literary perspective. It includes essays on the challenges of the Anthropocene, studies of the relationships between nature, culture and waste and about environmental activists in books for children and young people. It also includes seven hard-hitting eco-dramas, all of which are the result of collaborations between Nordic illustrators and authors. The contributions to the anthology are in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. It is number 2 in a series of 3 and was published in 2021.

The Length and Breadth of the Nordic Region: New trends in children’s and young people’s literature with repercussions in research and dissemination

This anthology provides an insight into new trends in children’s and young people’s literature and how these are reflected in research and communications. It also looks at how the research and dissemination of children’s and young people’s literature came about and how it thrives the length and breadth of the Region. The essays deal with the whole lifecycle of children’s literature, questions whether the Nordic picture book is for a particular age-group, freestyles with Nordic rhapsody and puts the concept of quality under the microscope. The contributions to the anthology are in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. It is number 1 in a series of 3 and was published in 2019.

About the project LØFTET

In 2013, when it initiated the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize, the Nordic Council of Ministers also launched a project called LØFTET. The Secretariat for the Nordic Council Literature Prizes was set the task of managing and developing this project in the period 2019-2021, during which the main focus is an annual interdisciplinary seminar on current Nordic children’s and young people’s literature. 

Each summer seminar is followed by the publication the next winter of an anthology in both digital format and hard copy dealing with the themes discussed at the seminar that year as well as other relevant topics. 

The seminar forges and strengthens links between people and professions involved in Nordic children’s and young people’s literature by providing an opportunity for the various groups – researchers, authors, illustrators, communications professionals, publishers – on the Nordic literature scene to network, discuss issues and create synergies, including after the seminar and the publication of the anthologies.