Ursula Andkjær Olsen
“The world is very overwhelming and other people are very overwhelming."
“Sitting down with your own book creating your own room you can meet an expression and intense evidence of the world.” Read more …
In this short video, the acclaimed Danish poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen talks about her approach to books and to reading.
“Reading and writing are like entering a huge conversation with our history. You can read things that are more than 2,000 years old or brand-new or from all corners of the world. You can read about experiences that are so far from your own, that you can hardly understand them, but there is a will to understand,” Andkjær Olsen says. She emphasizes that writing is closely connected to writing: “Reading is an obvious part of writing for me.”
Ursula Andkjær Olsen was born in 1970 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has a degree in musicology and philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and Technische Universität Berlin. Andkjær Olsen made her literary debut in 2000 and has since published twelve collections of poetry in addition to several dramatic texts and libretti for operas. Ursula Andkjær Olsen has received numerous grants and prizes for her work, including the award Montanas Litteraturpris for ‘Det 3. årtusindes hjerte’, 2012, (‘Third-Millennium Heart’), which was translated into English by Katrine Øgaard Jensen in 2018.
Ursula Andkjær Olsen was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in Amager Common, Copenhagen, in September 2020.
Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard & David Schweiger
Edited and produced by Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2020 Supported by C.L. Davids Fond og Samling
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