Focus projects

The House of Literature has several focus areas and projects that span multiple years.

African Literature

From 2022 to 2025, Litteraturhuset is embarking on a large-scale initiative focused on African literature, history, and societal discourse, with the assistance of an artistic council comprised of authors and experts from the African continent and its diaspora. The aim is to amplify more voices from the African continent, providing both children and adults in Norway with a more nuanced understanding of Africa and crucial global issues.

Literature Beyond Borders

Literature Beyond Borders is a long-term collaboration between Litteraturhuset and the literary houses Kıraathane in Istanbul, Wêjegeh Amed in Diyarbakir, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, and Paul Celan Literaturzentrum in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.

Multilingual Storytelling Session

The House of Literature has created "Multilingual Storytelling Session": digital storytelling sessions where children can listen to stories and fairy tales told in two languages simultaneously!

The storytelling sessions are especially aimed at bilingual children and children with minority backgrounds, providing these children with the opportunity to listen to fairy tales in Norwegian and their own native language and/or their parents' language. In this way, the series can contribute to enhancing language education for both children and parents, while also demonstrating that minority languages have a rightful and natural place when we are talking about literature.

Hate speech

The House of Literature annually invites schools across the country to join our program addressing hate speech. Hate speech is deeply problematic both for individuals and for our democracy. How does hate speech affect us and what can we do when faced with it? How can we prevent hatred and create a society where everyone feels safe to contribute?

We offer schools a combination of a stage production here at the House of Literature in Oslo and a set of teaching materials. The stage production is recorded and available for participating schools across the country.