So the first week of my course on the Norwegian book industry has come to an end, and what a week it’s been! I almost can’t believe the scope of it, it’s so varied and we really are covering the industry from top to bottom.

We’ve had classes in law, marketing and economy, which were quite full on and pretty heavy, so I’m definitely feeling challenged. In economics I wasn’t doing too well with the maths, so to motivate myself I went out and bought a lovely moleskin with graphed paper and some really cute pencils. Then I spent two evenings buckling down with my economy book, and I think I’ve now got a better grasp on it, but we’ll see how it goes next week.

Literary communications on the other hand, was a whole new ballgame. Dramatic poetry readings, practicing breathing techniques, dramaturgy theory and lying in a circle humming, it was out there. We all had little presentations, and I kind of messed mine up, but no matter, I’ll do better next time.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Then today we went to the National Library of Norway, where we went to about five different talks with different groups and organisations within the book industry. There are some really nice office spaces kind of tacked on to the library, where the Children’s Books Institute and NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad) are based.

Better than all the classes and talks though, are my classmates. It’s a really good group of people, all book lovers and all very clever and friendly. We got to know each other pretty well this week, especially after the practice of looking deep into each other’s eyes in literary communications class. I already feel like I’ve made some friends, and I’m really looking forward to spending more time with them, especially on our trip to London in the New Year, which I think will be really good.

All in all, it’s been a great first week, and I’m very excited for the month ahead!

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