Gro Dahle

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Gro Dahle
Dahle in 2005
Dahle in 2005
Born (1962-05-15) 15 May 1962 (age 57)
Oslo, Norway
OccupationPoet, writer of children's books
GenrePoetry, children's literature, short stories, plays etc.
SpouseSvein Nyhus
RelativesØystein Dahle (father)
Nina Frisak (mother)

Gro Dahle (born 15 May 1962) is a Norwegian poet and writer.

Dahle was born in Oslo,[1] and is a daughter of Øystein Dahle. Her mother was a judge. She grew up in Tønsberg, Aruba und New Jersey. She began studying psychology, and english literature at University of Oslo and got her B.A., went to further studies in creative writing at Telemark University College.[2]

She made her literary début in 1987 with Audiens (Audience), a collection of poetry.[3] Since then Dahle has written over 50 books in different genres, poetry collections, three novels, three novellas, short stories, children' s theatre pieces, radio plays, essays and children's books.[4] Several picture books for children arose from collaboration with her husband, Norwegian illustrator and author Svein Nyhus.

Gro Dahle has received several national awards for her work. In 1999 she was the official festival poet at the Bergen International Festival.[1] In 2002 she won the Brage Prize for literature for Snill (Nice), a picture book for children,[1] and in 2003 the Best Children's Book Prize from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture for Sinna Mann (Angry Man), a book about a boy witnessing domestic violence.[1]

Dahle is a stylistically naïve, imaginative and burlesque writer[1] often focusing on psychological problems and relations.[1] She lives and works on the island Tjøme.[1] Dahle also gives lectures in creative writing in Norway and Sweden.[1]

In 2013 A Hundred thousand Hours (original Norwegian title Hundre tusen timer, 1996) was published in English.[5]

Honours and awards[edit]

Taiwanese edition of children's book Sinna Mann (Angry man, 2003) by Gro Dahle and Svein Nyhus.
Children's picture book God natt, natt (Good Night, Night, 2009) with poems by Gro Dahle and illustrations by Svein Nyhus.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Publishing house Cappelen Damm's presentation (in Norwegian)
  2. ^ "Gro Dahle entry at publisher Cappelendamm". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  3. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Gro Dahle". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Gro Dahle". 6 December 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  5. ^ A review of Gro Dahle's 'A Hundred Thousand Hours
  6. ^ VG om Aschehougprisen til Gro Dahle 1998
  7. ^ Tønsbergs Blad om Teskjekjerringprisen til Gro Dahle 2003 Archived 1 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
Preceded by
Georg Johannesen
Recipient of the Cappelen Prize
Succeeded by
Anne Holt
Preceded by
Anne B. Ragde
Recipient of the Brage Prize for children and youth
(with Svein Nyhus)
Succeeded by
Helga Gunerius Eriksen
Gry Moursund