Laila Stien

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Laila Stien

Laila Stien (born 16 May 1946 in Hemnes, Helgeland) is a Norwegian novelist, poet, author of children's literature and translator from Hemnes. She grew up in Rana and later lived in Finnmark.

Stien made her literary debut in 1979 with the short stories collection Nyveien. Before her first book, she was represented with texts in the anthologies Nordfra (1975) and Nordnorge foreteller (1977).[1] Her literary works are often embedded with elements from Northern Norway and Sami culture. She received the Norwegian Critics Prize for Best children's book in 1993, and the Aschehoug Prize in 2000.[1][2]

Stien has translated books from Sami language into Norwegian and has edited anthologies on modern Sami literature.

Her son, Ailo Gaup, is world champion in Freestyle Motocross.

Selected works[edit]

  • Nyveien (short stories; 1979)
  • Fabler. Frost (poetry; 1981)
  • Fuglan veit (short stories; 1984)
  • Sånt som skjer (short stories; 1988)
  • Hold stø båt (poetry, texts; 1990)
  • I det fri (short stories; 1994)
  • Vekselsang (novel; 1997)
  • Gjennom glass (short stories; 1999)
  • Svømmetak (short stories; 2001)
  • Veranda med sol (short stories; 2003)
Children's books
  • I farta (1986)
  • Ole P og den merkverdige sola (1990)
  • Å plukke en smørblomst (1993)
  • Klar, ferdig, kjør! (1998)
  • Ei jente på scooteren (1999)



  1. ^ a b "Laila Stien." (in Norwegian). Nordnorsk forfatterlag. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Laila Stien. Skingrende ensomhet". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). 7 January 2000. Retrieved 21 January 2009.