Niviaq Korneliussen is a young Greenlandic writer who became an unlikely international literary star for her debut novel, Crimson. Praised as “a work of a strikingly modern sensibility” by The New Yorker and “edgy and unputdownable” by Ponti author Sharlene Teo, it tells the tale of four queer characters confronting their identities in the country’s remote capital, Nuuk. Nadia Bailey welcomes Niviaq to the Festival to discuss the novel, writing in her native Greenlandic and finding a readership beyond the country’s shores.

Niviaq Korneliussen (International)

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Niviaq Korneliussen was born in 1990 in Nuuk and grew up in South Greenland. She spent a year in California as an exchange student. Korneliussen started writing in 2013 and is the winner of many writing competitions in Greenland where her debut novel Crimson was first published under the title HOMO sapienne, which she translated herself from Greenlandic to Danish and was nominated for a Politiken literary award and the Nordice Council Literature Prize. In a New Yorker article titled ‘The Young Queer Writer Who Became Greenland’s Unlikely Literary Star’ the magazine called Crimson “a work of a strikingly modern sensibility. A stream-of-consciousness story of five queer protagonists confronting their identities in twenty-first-century Greenlandic culture".

Nadia Bailey (Australian)

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Nadia Bailey is an author, journalist and critic. She has published three non-fiction books on popular culture, and her short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction has been widely represented in journals and independent presses. She is a current recipient of the Midsumma Futures Fellowship, a creative development program for emerging queer artists.