April the 23rd is World Book Day all over the planet, but it’s been eerily quiet in the Kingdom of Denmark. Not anymore though, as K.I.N.D has arranged something perfectly fitting:
K.I.N.D in conjunction with The International Denmark newspaper, Copenhagen International School and Welcome Group Consulting have created something very special and perfectly in-tune with the principles of WBD – to rejoice in the written word. World Book Day is the most important event organized annually by UNESCO in order to promote book reading, publishing and copyright worldwide. K.I.N.D founder, Heather Gartside works for an English language newspaper, The International Denmark, and just a month ago had been compiling the event listings for the month of April. From her extensive stalking of social media platforms she could find no trace of World Book Day, the same has happened with International Women’s Day a month earlier and KINDenmark created an event in record time. K.I.N.D made an event of it – a lovely one, which ticked all the right boxes to celebrate women and girls; their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength. More details here.
To celebrate the wonderful world of books on April the 23rd, a group of ten international and Danish writers, authors, performers, publishers, and readers have been invited to meet for an afternoon of informative talks, readings, and inspirational enjoyment. There will also be networking time to meet the speakers, buy their books and pitch your own writing and dreams of finishing that book. Bring your old books too, we’ll be providing a recycling opportunity with our World Book Bin incentive!
Let’s meet our fabulous speakers:
Heather Spears is a major award-winning Canadian writer and artist, she has lived in Denmark since 1962. Her books: 15 collections of poetry, the first in Danish (translated by Niels Hav) and published this year. She draws obsessively, instructs drawing, writes about drawing and the brain (The Creative Eye, 2012), The Anatomy of Motion forthcoming in 2020), specializes in drawing premature infants, draws in theatres, courtrooms, hospitals, war zones and bell towers. She has held close to 100 solo exhibitions in Europe and America and is now preparing a series of shows in England – bellringers.
Dina Honour is an American writer living with her husband, her two sons, and her two as yet unpublished novels in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the author of There’s Some Place Like Home, Lessons From a Decade Abroad. Her award-winning work has appeared in Paste, Cleaver, and Hippocampus as well as on sites such as Bust, Scary Mommy and Your Expat Child. Her stories about motherhood, relationships and viewing America from the outside can be found at Wine and Cheese (Doodles). Essays about feminism and politics usually pop up on Medium under Dina Honour. Otherwise, you can often find her ranting on Facebook, nurturing a love/hate relationship with Twitter or pretending to understand Instagram.
Vivienne McKee is a rather hard act to follow, and so will conclude the great day of fine performances! Actress, wordsmith, director, and grande dame of the Copenhagen theatre scene, Vivienne McKee will be talking about her script for the upcoming musical show “Oh Baby It’s Cole!”. A cabaret about the extraordinary life of Cole Porter – one of the few modern composers who also wrote his own lyrics.”
“What comes first – the words or the music?” Cole was often asked this question. Vivienne gives examples of Porter’s witty choice of words, clever rhymes combined with catchy tunes which made his songs so popular and resulted in him being the only songwriter included in the American Anthology of Poetry.
Vivienne was born in England and brought up in Britain, France, The USA, and Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and French from Bristol University and then graduated as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She was very successful in Britain in theatre, television (including such long-running TV series as “Coronation Street” and “Crossroads”) and films (including “Slipper and the Rose” with Richard Chamberlain) before marrying a Dane and moving to Copenhagen. She began her Danish career at the Danish Royal Theatre as assistant to the renowned Danish theatre director Sam Besekow. She also worked as an actor, initially playing roles which did not require a perfect Danish accent!
In 1982, together with her husband as administrator, Vivienne established her own theatre company, the English Theatre of Copenhagen – calling it The London Toast Theatre, with the specific aim of providing English-speaking theatre productions to a Danish audience. The theatre company is now today a well-known and highly respected part of the professional Danish Theatre world. Vivienne directs or acts, (or both!) in all of the English language productions produced by her theatre company. Shows which range from Shakespeare to new modern writers and to light entertainment. Vivienne has really made her mark in Denmark with her popular Christmas shows called The Crazy Christmas Cabarets. These shows, with their “Monty Python-style” anarchic humour, have gained a cult-like status in Denmark and southern Sweden and even further afield. Apart from entertaining the Danish audiences with her own shows in English, Vivienne also writes and directs plays in Danish for Danish theatre companies and for television. She wrote a show based on George Gershwin’s life and music – “S’WONDERFUL” and Cole Porter’s life and music – “OH BABY IT’S COLE!” which she also directed for television – and which led to a highly successful national tour with an all-star danish cast. She has written five large-scale musicals (book, dialogue and song lyrics) all of which have been on nationwide tours – one of which is based on a fictitious meeting between H.C. Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard, which was commissioned as part of the Danish Cultural Year in 1996. In 1992 Vivienne was awarded the Herman Bang Award for her “contribution to Danish Theatre”. Most recently Vivienne has written and performed a one-woman show based on the legendary twentieth-century war correspondent and third wife of Ernest Hemingway – Martha Gellhorn – entitled “DON’T MENTION HEMINGWAY” which received excellent critical praise and will be touring to International Festivals.
Ray Weaver is a storyteller. He has the rare ability to transform real life into stories and songs that are intensely personal and yet still touch a universal chord.
Sometimes the stories that Ray Weaver wants to tell are too big to fit into the standard song format. That is where his short stories and memoirs come in. His short stories have been published as part of the Rocking Chair Reader series by Adams Media and in magazines and newspapers.
His first book, “A Father’s Heart” collects some his best-loved stories and songs into a multimedia package. Weaver and his family are currently at work on a book about his daughter’s struggle with mental illness.
Ray plays concerts and festivals across the United States and Europe and his music has been used on the Fox network, the Travel Channel and is featured on radio and internet stations worldwide. His books and music are available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and at every live performance.
Birgitte Baadegaard has four published titles and will be launching her latest book ‘ManiFEST for kvinder (Manifesto for Women) at the beginning of April.
ManiFEST for kvinder is a book that aims to inspire women to rise from a feminine essence. An essence which is equal to men – but not the same. A place without anger, and full of hope and love which calls out for a global shift in our thinking towards spirituality, the heart, and the soul – something that is needed today more than ever. Birgitte is from Denmark and has a masters degree from CBS. She had a traditional career for ten years in marketing, in product management, and as a marketing director, but after nursing two sick children her linear life stopped abruptly. A spiritual trip to Peru on her own in 2016 completely changed her mindset and gave her insights that she now incorporates in everything she does: writing, speaking, and coaching. Birgitte has started the hashtag #fromgreedtoneed with the goal to create awareness of how we can live life on Earth in another way than we do now. She has been working as a career coach for women, has written about the working life, male and female communication in the workplace, and about women’s dilemmas and growth potential in the job market. Birgitte firmly believes that true equal worth between men and women – at work and at home – will only happen the day their differences start being appreciated and used – including consciousness about the masculine and feminine essences.
At the moment she is on the 2nd year of the 6-year long Jung education at the Jung Institute in Denmark. She is also a certified executive coach and female thought leader from CEVEA.
“I work creatively with persons who are developmentally challenged and help them to tell their own stories. As a lyricist and narrator I’ve written the lyrics for twenty-four CDs, created an audiobook for the Royal National Institute for the Blind and have developed an inclusive storytelling technique for persons with limited language skills.
I was born in the States but live in Copenhagen, speak several languages and am impassioned about writing, the people I work with, my Buddhist practice, friends and traveling the world.”
Stella Soerensen is an author and editor from the U.K., and graduating in Philosophy from London University, Stella Soerensen moved to Germany, and then Kenya, before settling in Denmark where she took a Masters in Linguistics. (CPH) Always wanting to write fiction, she gave up being an editor for Microsoft® and took courses at the Writing Centre in Norwich (UEA) and then the Faber and Faber Academy London (Writing a Novel Online and the Work in Progress). She graduated from the Academy last year and proceeded immediately on to Editing Your Novel Professionally with Cornerstones. Elvina is her debut novel and is doing the rounds of agents. Stella has two more novels are outlined. She lives in a cottage overlooking the Roskilde fjord where she writes every morning, walks most afternoons, and thoroughly enjoys the Danish “hygge” but, if pushed, prefers a G&T. 12. She has her own company that mentors writers, edits and proofs texts. Stella has big plans to launch a Creative Writing Courses in Denmark which to date has nothing, in English, on offer. Asked for a quote about life she’ll respond: It’s never too late to succeed just … DO IT!
Dennis Dubois holds a Master’s Degree in social work and has worked to help others for decades, all while writing poems along the way. He has published poems in Bee Museum, Curved House, The Projectionist’s Playground, Runcible Spoon, Verse News, MessageinaBottle, and Nine Muses poetry. Dennis is in the throes of preparing a collection of poems and a first work of fiction. He is an American expatriate, living in Copenhagen.
“I am Dennis Michael DuBois, doused in the ugly rays of the current millennium. I escaped my roots twice, but Brazil and New York are stamped under the skin. I am acclimating into elderhood, slipping into it as I limp forward toward the blurry out gate. Sixty-nine, the number, faking retirement, living on borrowed time, nursing my illnesses, and coaxing my DNA to relax. There’s nothing to be done. I am American expat, living in Copenhagen, a tourist town favored by white tourists and darker migrants. When my Danish bride said, I do, I did, too, so we live on far away from the madness of the Middle East, but in the corporate shadow of North America. In the mid-while I darken a page or two. What I write doesn’t always make sense, so I mix it up with cat bark and elsewhere leftovers—ah, now it’s coming together.”
Published author Archana Painuly is originally from Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, a North Indian. In 1988 she moved to Mumbai and worked for about nine years as a teacher in secondary schools. In 1997 she moved to Denmark because of her husband’s job, where she lives now and teaches at NGG International School.
She has been writing stories and articles that reflect on current ethnic and migratory issues and on Indian diasporic experiences. She mainly writes in her mother tongue – Hindi. So far she has had four books published: Parivartan in 2003, Where do I belong in 2009, Paul ki Tirthyatra in 2016 and Highway E- 47 in 2018. Two new titles are to be published in the near future.
Her second book, Where Do I Belong is the first piece of literature written in Hindi on Danish society. It has been published in English in 2014 by Rupa Publications, India.Archana has also translated some of the work of the Danish writer, Karen Blixen into Hindi.
Heather Gartside has written and published two books, Heather Gartside – Rice Pudding In A Duvet and Middle Distance. Both books are semi-autobiographical, but the similarities stop there. “Rice Pudding in a Duvet” is a light and wistful read, whereas “Middle Distance” takes a dark downwards turn into the aftermaths of trauma and back up to the light with a distinctly mystical twist.
Heather has tried all available publishing methods to launch her beloved books into the world. From initially self-publishing Rice Pudding in a Duvet in 2014, to have it published by an incompetent publishing house, to working for a publishing house, to then return to self-publishing in both Kindle and paperback versions.
Heather will be talking a little about the hard journey of writing to publishing on the 23rd of April, and the importance of publishers in handling the work of writers well.
Heather is from the U.K. but has lived in Denmark and in nine other countries since 1990. A committed European, Heather is also the founder of KIND and works as a contributing writer at The International Denmark newspaper.
KIND is a community with a mission to bring us all together. Your registration fee from World Book Day 2019 hwill secure your seat and participation. The ticket sales will be donated to KINDenmark’s own fund, “The Village School Project” where we endeavor to raise money towards scholarships to girls in rural India. https://kindenmark.com/2019/03/20/the-village-school-project/
You may purchase tickets here through Eventbrite, also make payments via PayPal to MobilePay box43062 “The Village School Project.” Please ensure that you supply all full names for registration at CIS, there will be a guest list at the reception and you will need to present ID.
Address: CIS. Levantkaj 4-14, 2150 Nordhavn.
We will hold the event in the glorious “CIS Greenhouse”. There will be refreshments, childcare, and paid parking is available outside the school, (Easy Park code: 4173) Optionally, there’s a 15-minute walk from Nordhavn S-Tog station.
KINDenmark would like to take this opportunity to thank Copenhagen International School for the chance to hold World Book Day on their new campus. Providing this event with a terrific international location, and enabling us to experience this award-winning architectural and environmental gem https://www.cis.dk/welcome/the-new-campus