Woman Scream 2019-Norway

 (Litteraturhus Lillehammer)

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Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival 2019 (Grito de Mujer) was celebrated last march 6 2019, 17 hours at Litteraturhus Lillehammer, Norway.  The event was coordinated by the writer Victoria Bo  on behalf of the Mujeres Poetas Internacional MPI, Inc. (Women Poets International Movement) based at the Dominican Republic. Woman scream was hosted in collaboration with Den norske Forfatterforening and Norsk Litteraturfestival.

Full house and responsive audience at the Woman Scream festival in Lillehammer this week. Snow weather didn't stop for the many who found their way to the Woman Scream event at Litteraturhus Lillehammer on Wednesday. The Norwegian Literature Festival in collaboration with DnF put freedom of expression for women on the agenda with a Norwegian version of the festival which now takes place in 34 countries in March.

Protest speech and taboos.

The Danish author Lone Aburas had taken the trip from Copenhagen and was the first reader on stage with her book published in Norwegian under the title "It is an I who speaks", which the author has called a "political and poetic protest speech". Hanne Ørstavik, Helene Guåker and Camara Lundestad Joof read from fresh books before Ørstavik and Guåker talked to Cathrine Strøm, among other things about writing in different genres and about writing an I, sisterhood and breaking the silence taboos about gender and gender expression.


Fury and racism.

The theme of this year's festival is "I scream for me". In the call to this year's festival it says: "This is a call for respect for millions of women who have fallen into desperation because of violence, sexual harassment, lack of self-esteem and lack of respect from some parts of society." In discussion with Carline Tromp from Klassekampen, Aburas and Lundestad spoke Joof about love, identity and rage in the face of everyday racism. And Lundestand Joof received spontaneous applause from a packed hall for the call that every day should be March 8!

Among the participant writers we got:  Marit Borkenhagen (Norsk Litteraturfestival), Hanne Ørstavik, Carline Tromp, Lone Aburas, Camara Lundestad Joof, Helene Guåker, Victoria Bo (@Forfatterforeningen) and Cathrine Electricity.

We learned that there is a lot of love in rage and anger, both on your own and other's behalf And there is solidarity in reading and listening to one another: this burden you will not carry alone. And violence still exists, they only arise in a little other arenas than before. thank you for a wonderful evening with wise, important and engaged conversations and reading! Thank you to all of you who came and listened to - and cheered! We're going for a new round next year!

Woman Scream Festival was first organized in 2011 by the poet and human rights defender Jael Uribe, and has since been hosted worldwide. In 2016, Uribe received the Author's Freedom of Expression Award.