Seminar participants

Emma Adbåge, Foto: Richard Gustafsson

Emma Adbåge

Emma Adbåge (born 1982) studied comic-strip drawing and illustration in Hofors, Sweden. She is a
book illustrator and author who illustrates both her own and other authors’ texts, as well as working on commissions for clients such as educational and comic books publishers and newspapers. In 2011, Emma Adbåge recieved the Silver Award in the Association of Swedish Illustrators and Graphic Designers’ competition Kolla! for Leni är ett sockerhjärta, 2010 (Leni is a Sweetheart) in the category “Illustration: Books”. That same year she also received the Sven Rydén Prize
(Foto: Richard Gustafsson)
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Andreas Berg, foto Emmanuel Hägglund

Andreas Berg

Andreas Berg (born 1965) is an illustrator, lecturer and writer. After studying at Beckmans School of Design he spent ten years working as a press illustrator, before becoming the youngest ever Professor of Illustration at Konstfack, where he worked for ten years. Since leaving Konstfack he has been writing the history of Swedish illustration in various ways. He is also a lecturer and runs a course in illustration at Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm. Andreas Berg tends to say that illustration is an intellectual pursuit. (Foto: Emmanuel Hägglund)

Sara Bergmark, foto Magnus Liam Karlsson

Sara Bergmark Elfgren

Sara B. Elfgren started her career in the film industry as a screenwriter. As a script doctor, she has been involved in several Swedish film and TV-productions. The Circle, her debut novel, is written together with Mats Strandberg. (Foto: Magnus Liam Karlsson)

Karin Cyrén, foto Viet Cuong Truong

Karin Cyrén

Karin Cyrén (born 1984) gained a Master’s degree in Storytelling (Graphic Design and Illustration) from Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design ), Stockholm in 2011. She was also an exchange student at Tohoku University of Art and Design, Yamagata, Japan in 2008–2009. She has illustrated the picture books Maraton, 2009 (Marathon), for which she received the Gold Award in the Association of Swedish Illustrators and Graphic Designers’ competition Kolla! in 2010, and Paraplyresan, 2011 (The Umbrella Trip), text by Håkan Jaensson and the young adult book Den nya flickan, 2012 (The New Girl), text by Kristian Fredén. She runs the experimental picture book project “Våra Vänner” (Our Friends) together with Siri Ahmed Backström. She is currently working in Stockholm on a new book and exhibition projects. (Foto: Viet Cuong Truong)
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Kristina DigmKristina Digman, foto Jari Välitaloan

Kristina Digman was born 1959 in Gothenburg. After a number of years at art schools in Stockholm and the Art Academy in Copenhagen, she painted, sculpted, and worked with graphic design and restoration. In 2001, she made her debut as an illustrator of children’s books with Floras kulle , and since then she has created pictures for many works – including the books about the Sand-wolf with Åsa Lind and books about plants and nature. (Foto: Jari Välitalo)
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Lennart EngLennart Eng

Illustrator and author of children´s books. Working with both fiction and non-fiction. Chairman of the board in The Swedish Association for Illustrators and Graphic Designers. Member of the jury for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, The ALMA-price.

Linus FeldtLinus Feldt

Linus Feldt is a veteran in developing games and interactive productions for children. His heart lies in transferring traditional characters to digital media.  Since 1994 Linus has designed and developed 40+ interactive titles for several platforms. Today Linus is managing director of Filimundus, a Swedish company dedicated in creating high quality apps for children, including the worldwide renowned Pettson’s Inventions and Pippi Longstocking’s Villa Villekulla.

Ann ForslindAnn Forslind

Ann Forslind was born in Gothenburg in 1953, and has been a freelance illustrator since the mid-1970s. Her picturebook debut came in 1986, since when she has published almost 50 titles, half of which with her own text. She received the Elsa Beskow Plaque in 2001. Ann Forslind is also a member of the Swedish Academy for Children’s Books and a lecturer in illustration at Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design).

Anna Höglund, foto Viktor GårdsäterAnna Höglund

Anna Höglund (born 1958) is an author, illustrator and artist. She has written several books, as well as worked with other authors such as Ulf Stark, Barbro Lindgren, Eva Susso, Gunnar Lundkvist and Ulf Nilsson. Anna Höglund also writes drama and makes animated films. Her books have been translated into several languages. Her awards include the BIB Plaque in Bratislava (1983), the Elsa Beskow Plaque (1988), the Pier Paolo Vergerio Prize (1993 and 1998), the Dutch De Zilveren Penseel Award (1994), Germany’s Deutsche Jugendliteratur Preis (1995 and 1996) and the August Prize (1996). (Foto: Viktor Gårdsäter)

Jenny JÄgerfeld, foto Robert NordgrenJenny Jägerfeld

Jenny Jägerfeld was born in 1974 and lives in Stockholm. She is a psychiatrist and writer. Her second book Här ligger jag och blöder from 2010 was awarded the August Prize.  Jägerfelt is one of the authors in the anthology HET, erotic novels from 2012. (Foto: Robert Nordgren)
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Lena KårelandLena Kåreland

LENA KÅRELAND, professor em. at Uppsala University. Her doctoral thesis published in 1977 dealt with Gurli Linder, Swedish reviewer of children’s literature in the beginning of the 20th century. Kåreland’s main field of research is children’s literature. She has published books and articles about picture books, novels for young adults and the relation between children’s literature and adult literature, especially during the modernist period in Sweden in the 1940s. Among her publications can be mentioned monographies about Lennart Hellsing, gender in children’s literature, Tove Jansson’s picture books and women as reviewers during the period 1880-1920.

Åsa Lind, foto Leif HansenÅsa Lind

Åsa Lind was born 1958, grew up in the north of Sweden. Lind writes both fiction and non fiction books for children and youth. Her books are subtle, thought provoking and moving, often raising issues that makes readers take a stand. Most well known are her stories about the Sand Wolf and his friend Zackarina, translated into 14 languages.   

Sara Lundberg, foto Anna KenheddSara Lundberg

Sara Lundberg (born 1971) is an illustrator who studied at McDaniel College in Maryland, USA. Over many years, she has illustrated other authors’ texts, including the book Skriv om och om igen (Write, Rewrite and Rewrite Again) by Ylva Karlsson, Katarina Kuick and Lilian Bäckman, for which she received the August Prize 2009. Sara Lundberg’s first solo picture book was Vita streck, 2009 (White Lines). (Foto: Anna Kenhedd)
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Paulina Modlitba Söderlund,foto Amma GerdénPaulina Modlitba Söderlund

Paulina Modlitba Söderlund is the Community Manager at Toca Boca, a Swedish play studio that produces interactive apps for kids. She is a KTH and MIT Media Lab alum with focus on media and web strategy, social media, and digital marketing. Paulina is also engaged in encouraging women within the tech community. She is a proud member of the female tech organization Geek Girls. (Foto: Amma Gerdén)

Moni NIlsson, foto Leif HansenMoni Nilsson

Moni Nilsson is one of Sweden’s most acclaimed authors of children’s books and young adult fiction. She has received numerous prestigious literary awards such as the Astrid Lindgren Prize in 2010 for meritorious authorship within the realm of Swedish literature for children and youth. The books about the young boy Tsatsiki-Tsatsiki Johansson has won the hearts of readers all over the world since the first book. Tsatsiki and Mom, was published in 1995. To date, the books have been translated into 17 languages. (Foto: Leif Hansen)
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Ingrid Olsson, Foto Leif HansenIngrid Olsson

Ingrid Olsson was born in 1977 and lives in Stockholm. Ingrid Olsson was nominated for the August Prize in 2008 for A Little Hole in the Darkness. (Foto: Leif Hansen)

Ylva Spindler Lagercrantz, foto Johan ScherwinYlva Lagercrantz Spindler

Journalist and theatre critic in daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. (Foto: Johan Scherwin)


Pernilla Stalfelt, foto Karin AlfredssonPernilla Stalfelt

Pernilla Stalfelt (born 1962) is an author and illustrator with a rich and varied bibliography. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Literature Studies and attended Konstskolan Basis in 1988–1989, Gerleborgsskolan in Stockholm in 1990–1992 and Konstfack’s animation course in 1997. She debuted in 1996 with Hårboken (The Hair Book), for which she received the Elsa Beskow Plaque (1997). She has also received Rabén & Sjögren’s Astrid Lindgren Prize for her work (2004), the Klax-Award in Berlin and the Heffaklumpen Award for Dödenboken (The Death Book) 2001. She was nominated for Germany’s Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for The Death Book. Pernilla Stalfelt’s books have been translated into several languages. Since 1992 she has also been working as an art teacher at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. (Foto: Karin Alfredson)


Ulf Stark, foto Mikael LundströmUlf Stark

Ulf Stark is one of Sweden’s best-known authors and has been translated into twenty-five languages. In his work he mixes high and low, the ordinary and the impressive, with a joyful lack of respect. Ulf Stark is never sentimental. Ulf Stark and illustrator Anna Höglund won the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis for the book Can you whistle, Johanna? In Amos and Soma they collaborate once again!
(Foto: Mikael Lundström) 

Mats Strandberg, foto Magnus Liam KarlssonMats Strandberg

Mats Strandberg is an author and a journalist. He is a regular columnist for Sweden’s biggest evening newspaper Aftonbladet and 2004 the organization Sveriges Tidskrifter (Sweden’s Newspapers and Magazines) awarded him the title Columnist of the Year. Mats Strandberg has previously released three books, of which the third one, Half Lifes was awarded Book of the Year 2009 by QX. The work with the The Circle together with Sara Bergmark Elfgren started in 2008. (Foto: Magnus Liam Karlsson)

Ewa ThorslundEwa Thorslund

Director of the Swedish Media Council which is a government agency whose primary task is to promote the empowering of minors as conscious media users and to protect them from harmful media influences. Between 2000 and 2012 public affairs expert at the Swedish IT and Telecom Industries - a member organization for companies of all sizes within the entire IT and telecom sector. Before that head of department and analyst at the the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. Author of several books within the area of youth and digital media. Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics in 1990.

Johan UnengeJohan Unenge

Born in Stockholm, Sweden. Illustrator and writer of childrens books for all ages. Up till now nearly 100 books and comicstripalbums. Such as Eva & Adam, Livet enligt Rosa, Gyllene Knorren.
He is also a Screenwriter of several movies and TV-productions based on his own characters. He was appointed to be the first Reading Ambassador in 2011 in Sweden and is right now combining his writing career with travelling around the country to promote the benefits and joys of reading to schoolchildren. He has received the Unghunden-award for his comics, An August-nomination for his writing as well as The Kristallen-price for his screenwriting.  Johan works closely with long time cohort Måns Gahrton.

Åsa WarnqvistÅsa Warnqvist

Åsa Warnqvist received her PhD in literature in 2007 and holds a postdoctoral position at Stockholm University. She has a special interest in children’s literature,and she is the editor of the only Swedish academic journal on children’s literature, Barnboken (Journal of Children’s Literature Research). She has published articles on current trends in Swedish children’s literature, on Swedish picture book artist Pija Lindenbaum, and on Canadian writer L. M. Montgomery (internationally renowned for her Anne of the Green Gables book series), as well as editing a volume of Swedish reading responses to Montgomery’s fiction. Warnqvist is also a critic and former editor of children’s literature in the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. 
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Martin Widmark, foto Ulrica ZwengerMartin Widmark

He was born in 1961. He has worked as a middle school instructor and a Swedish teacher for immigrants, but he is now a full-time children’s book author. Over his career, he has also written several text books. He is fascinated by life’s little oddities and anything unique: from food and music to languages and people.
Martin Widmark is considered a literary giant of contemporary children’s fiction in Sweden. Both his Nelly Rapp and Lasse Majas Detektiv Agency series are consistently on the best seller lists and have received critical acclaim. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages.
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Helan Willis, foto Ulrica ZwengerHelena Willis

Helena Willis was born 1964 and lives in Stockholm. Helena is an illustrator well renowned series about LasseMaja’s Detective Agency, created together with author Martin Widmark (Foto: Ulrica Zwenger)
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