Odyssey: Stories of Journeys from Around Europe from the Aarhus 39
By Aarhus – various authors
Odyssey, a volume of twenty-one stories aimed at young adults, offers a variety of takes on the theme of travelling – at times funny and playful, at others dramatic and poignant – covering a wide range of subjects relevant to teenagers across Europe such as coming of age, sexuality, migration, identity and displacement. Whether you’re after realism or escapism, tales about inner cities, sunny holidays or sci-fi ventures into the future, this book will have something for everyone.
Hay Festival is delighted to present Aarhus 39, a two-volume collection of the best emerging writers for young readers from across wider Europe. Three of Europe’s best-loved children’s authors – Matt Haig (UK), Kim Fupz Aakeson (Denmark) and Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain) – have selected thirty-nine writers under the age of forty, and invited them to write an original story on the theme of “journey”. These new stories, together with the specially commissioned illustrations that accompany them, are a celebration of great new writing for young people and reflect issues facing them in contemporary Europe. Reading stories of other people’s lives and journeys extends understanding and empathy to new generations.
Authors: Finn-Ole Heinrich, Stefanie de Velasco, Annette Münch, Peder Frederik Jensen, Michaela Holzinger, Nina E. Grøntvedt, Endre Lund Eriksen, Elisabeth Steinkellner, Salla Simukka, Cathy Clement, Sandrine Kao, Inna Manahova, Laura Gallego García, Sarah Engell, Gideon Samson, Ana Pessoa, B.R. Collins, Sarah Crossan, Sanne Munk Jensen, Victor Dixen, Cornelia Travnicek.
Illustrators: Barroux, Britta Teckentrup, Dave McKean, Ella Okstad, Helen Stephens, Peter Bailey, Satoshi Kitamura, Anke Kuhl, Hanne Kvist, Isol, Joelle Jolivet, Jörg Mühle, Kitty Crowther, Mårdøn Smet, Ole Könnecke, Rotraut Susanne Berner, Sandrine Kao, Serge Bloch, Søren Jessen, Yvonne Kuschel.
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