Staffan Westerberg: “I felt at home in Kristina Lugn’s language”

KRISTINA LUGN – POPULAR POET AND DRAMATIST

Kristina Lugn (1948-2020) was born in Tierp, but moved quite a bit while growing up as her father was in the . She read and wrote early and was six years old when she had her first poem published in Kalle Anka. She made her book debut in 1972, but it took more than ten years for the big breakthrough, which came with the book of poems “Bekantskap jerskas med elder bildad herre”. With her often drastic and humorous poems about loneliness, longing for love and death, she gained a large audience and over the years she participated in numerous TV and programs. She also collaborated with several composers and musicians. During the 90s, Kristina Lugn wrote mostly drama and worked, among other things, for Dramaten and Allan Edwall at theater Brunnsgatan 4. After Edwall’s death, Kristina Lugn took over the theater. In 2003, her last collection of poems appeared, “Hej då och ha det sa bra”, three years later she was elected to the Swedish Academy. Kristina Lugn died in 2020, aged 71.

STAFFAN WESTERBERG WAS HAPPY ON STAGE WITH KRISTINA LUGN

Staffan Westerberg is an actor, writer and director. He was interested in theater as a child and trained as an actor in the last years of the 50s. He has worked at several theatres, including City Theatre, Riksteatern, Norrbottensteatern, Dramaten and Teater Brunnsgatan 4. In the 70s and 80s he became very famous for his television productions for children, for example “Herr ingettings fundingar” , “Vilse i pannkakan”, the Christmas calendar “Lille Luj och Änglaljus i strumpornas hus” and “Lillstrumpa och Syster Yster på irrvägar” in 1984. At Teater Brunnsgatan 4 he worked together with Kristina Lugn, who wrote the audience hit “Titta en älg” in 1999, where Staffan Westerber, Jane Friedman and Anna Pettersson participated. He has published several books, including “Elvaåringen: an autobiographical journey”, “Uselessness”, “Giraffes” and “Hoppla”. Staffan Westerberg has been praised for his artistry, he has an honorary doctorate at and in 2006 he was awarded the medal

GUNNAR BOLIN – CULTURE JOURNALIST AT RADIO

Program leader Gunnar Bolin is a long-time employee of and has worked in the cultural editorial department since 1989. In addition to countless radio features, he has also written two books: “Hovjuvelerarens barn” and “Bibliotekarien i Magdeburg”.

Producer: Maria Götselius

Source: ICELAND NEWS

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