Kirsti Blom Biography: Norwegian Poet

Kirsti Blom 

Kirsti Blom

Since her debut with the novel An Image of a Human Being, Kirsti Blom (born 1953) has published a number of well-received novels, a collection of poetry and several children’s books. Her books have been translated into Arabic, Serbian, Macedonian and Spanish. Kirsti Blom has been vice-president in the Norwegian P.E.N., where she has also been on the board for ten years. She has been leading the Norwegian Authors’ Union’s international work for six years.


In 2013 her acclaimed novel I Saw Everything, a portrait of the Spanish painter Goya,  was nominated for the P2 Listeners’ Novel Prize.

 She made her debut at the age of 20 in 1973 with the novel Bilde av et menneske  Blom has since written several novels, collections of poems and short storiesm, and a number of children's books, including non-fiction books about animals and nature in the Polarserien (Polar Series).

 In 2007, Kirsti Blom and Kit M. Kovacs were nominated for the Brage Prize for the Polar Bear in the non-fiction class for children. In 2013, she was "longlisted" for the P2 listeners' novel prize for I saw everything.[

 The novel Kitten from 2003 is the story of a young Norwegian who goes to the Belgian Congo in the year 1900, and undergoes a development from a fairly innocent youth to an oppressor and abuser.


Several of her novels are about artists' relationship to themselves and the world around them. In 2013 she published a novel about the Spanish painter Francisco Goya,[3] and in 2017 came the novel Av jord, which is about the painter Jean and his attempt to withdraw completely from the rest of the world in order to paint true.


Blom lives and writes periodically in Andalusia. Both the novel Jeg sΓ₯ alt (I Saw Everything; 2013) and the collection of poems Den fΓΈrste vanlige dagen (The First Ordinary Day; 2014) draw inspiration from AndalucΓ­a and Spain.


Her books have been translated into English, Arabic, Serbian, Macedonian and Spanish.

 Kirsti Blom led the foreign work in the Norwegian Writers' Association when she was a board member there from 1990 to 1996. She has also been a board member of Norwegian PEN from 1994 to 2003, where she was deputy chairman in her last year. She has since been involved in, among other things, the North Norwegian author team.

Kirsti Blom is also a writer with contributions in newspapers and magazines. She is also an art photographer and has illustrated several of her own books.

 Blom has lived in TromsΓΈ and currently lives in Oslo.

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