Literature for children and young people has evolved greatly since it first emerged as an independent genre during the 1700s.
Norwegian contemporary literature has gained a popular following both at home and abroad.
Norways best-known playwright is Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). Often called the father of the modern drama, Ibsen s works are said to have revolutionized the development of dramatic technique in Europe and the USA. His plays remain popular today, and are regularly performed throughout the world.
Norwegian Drama Now, 2013
The Writers Guild of Norway has recently published the catalogue 'Norwegian Drama Now'. The catalogue is published with the support of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has been sent to Norwegian embassies around the world.
Translation grants regarding Norwegian dramatic works
The Writers’ Guild of Norway may award grants for the translation of Norwegian dramatic works to other languages.
In order to apply for a grant, you need confirmed interest from a producer/arranger or agent outside Norway and the services of a professional translator.
In addition to supporting translations with a view to full production, grants may also be awarded for the translation of works for promotional purposes or public readings and for the translation of synopses for presentation. Applications may be made by translator, writer or producer. The translation grant scheme is financed by NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad.
The primary purpose of the grant scheme is to contribute to the presentation/production of Norwegian drama abroad.
For the publication of Norwegian dramatic works (in book form), foreign publishers may apply to NORLA for a translation subsidy.
Norway enjoys a dynamic essay tradition extending back to the Danish-Norwegian author Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754).
Between 1903 and 1928, three Norwegian authors were awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The works of these authors played a central role in establishing the basis for modern Norwegian literature.
Norwegian poetry dates back more than a thousand years to the Skaldic verse of the 9th century.
Scientific literature is the foundation of the academic world. Norwegian writings in this genre reflect the wide array of disciplines and research fields relevant to Norwegian academia.
Norwegian travel literature has traditionally been linked to the discovery, exploration and conquering of inhospitable, difficult-to-access territories.