“in darkness and light” book launch

(An oslo writers league anthology)

The Oslo Writers League, in partnership with Dråpen i Havet, hosted the launch of their fifth anthology, In Darkness and Light, a collection of short stories and poetry exploring life in and out of the shadows.  The event was held at Mesh in Oslo.

The members of OWL hope the support they provide will help lift the curtain of darkness that hangs over those fleeing in fear and give them back the freedom to speak, write, sing, and create.

There were some tasty treats to enjoy from local businesses in Oslo.

The founder of Dråpen i Havet, Trude Jacobsen, had a few words to share about the work they do. Dråpen i Havet seeks to bring light to those in their darkest days. The members of OWL believe that all people deserve to be seen and heard, and that though art is often born of hardship, the lack of basic human rights can crush the will to create it. All proceeds from book sales and other funds raised at the event, went to Dråpen i Havet to aid their tireless work with refugees.

The Mundi Musica choir, directed by OWL member Bree Switzer

Stars Fell Over Alabama by Chelsea Ranger

(A short extract from the book…)

“No matter how long I live in the North, so many of the pieces that made me are folded from rust-coloured mud and quilted in a patchwork of memories of the South – and this shade of red, this style of blanket, they don’t match the Scandinavian décor.”

Click here to purchase your copy so you can continue reading.

Live performance by Multi-platinum international recording and performing artist Chris Medina (follow him on Instagram!)

Live performance by Frøkedal

The images on the screen behind the performers are by Erik Marquardt.

Live performance by Sol Heilo and Jon Bjørnstad

A joint live performance by performing artists Chris Medina, Sol Heilo and Jon Bjørnstad

Special thanks for their generosity go to:

Ampy Basa, Elen Raud, Marie Geisler, Papitha Sekar, Gina Garcia, Parul Soni, Annemari Ruthven, Leanne Gundersen, Oslo Custom Cakes, Amalia Saftoiu, Mary-Blair Bowman Aasen, Sandra Eliassen, Antonieta Khosh, Kampen Bistro, Bad Norwegian, Business Women Oslo, Chris Medina, Sol Heilo, Jon Bjørnstad, Frøkedal, Bree Switzer and Clair Constant.

Silent Auction

To raise further funds for our wonderful partners,  a silent auction with fantastic items to bid on was held, including weekends away in Spain and Trysil, Indian cooking classes, singing lessons, luxury knitwear, a writer’s retreat and more!

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A lot of hard work went into arranging this fantastic book launch event by Zoe, Maddie, Jarrod and Chelsea and they can be really proud of their efforts.

A very special thanks went to zoe harris

Zoe is the founder, head and chairperson of OWL.  Zoe organises everything to do with the production of the anthologies,  her dedication and all she does for the group is much appreciated.

Other publications available from the Oslo Writers League

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