Name: Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs
Born: 1974, Tórshavn
Selected work: Óendaliga vera - English sample translation available
Awards and recognition: 1st prize in short story competition from Faroese newspaper, Dimmalætting (2000), 2nd prize (2001) and 1st prize (2002) at Listastevna Føroya, grant from the foundation of Thorvald Poulsens av Steinum (2004), Faroese Children’s Literature Award (2008), 1st prize in Faroese short story competition (2008), White Raven Special Mention for YA-novel ‘Skriva í sandin’ (2011), Nordic Children’s Literature Prize (2011), and lastly nominated for the Children’s and Young People’s Literature Prize awarded by the Nordic Council (2013).
Bio: Marjun S. Kjelnæs is a trained nurse, but has been working as a full-time writer for some years. With a number of awards in short story competitions, Marjun S. Kjelnæs was awarded a 3-year grant from the Faroese cultural fund in 2009. Predominantly known for her works in children’s and YA literature, Kjelnæs is also the author of a number of poetry collections and short stories published in anthologies and literary journals. In 2016 she published the poetry collection Opna and the novel Óendaliga vera. Rights have been sold to Denmark.
2016 Óendaliga vera, novel, BFL
2016 Opna, poetry collection, Sprotin
2013 Tóm rúm, play, Sprotin
2012 Rót Tripp – Orð en route, poetry collection, Sprotin
2010 Skriva í sandin, YA novel, BFL
2009 Hvør fjalir seg í smúkkuskríninum?, children book, BFL
2008 Hvør fjalir seg í ferðataskuni?, children book, BFL
2007 Hvør fjalir seg í postkassanum?, children book, BFL
2004 Ein farri av kolvetni , short stories, BFL
2001 “Kópakona“ , short story published in anthology Mjørki í heilum, BFL
2015 Rót trip - ord en route, Bokbyen Forlaget.
2015 Skrifa í sandinn, Bókaormurin bókaútgáfa
2013 Skriv i sandet, Det norske samlaget.
2013 Poem from Rót Tripp published in Reception – tidsskrift for nordisk litteratur Vol. 71
2012 Skriv i sandet, Forlaget Torgard (transl. Hugin Eide)
2012 Title story of Skriva ísandin,“Ecrire dans le sable”, published in short story anthology Nouvelles Pays Nordiques
2010 Title story of Skriva í sandin published in a Nordic short story anthology, Elskar – elskar ikki, published in 8 languages.