Author of the Week: Tarjei Vesaas

“If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.” -Robert Baden-Powell

Tarjei Vesaas, was a Norwegian author and poet, perhaps most famous for his book ‘The Ice Palace’. Throughout his life, Vesaas won a number of awards, and is considered to be one of the best Norwegian writers of the 20th century.

Born on 20th August, 1897, Tarjei Vesaas was brought up on his family farm, in the region of Telemark in Norway. Here, he spent much of his childhood in solitude, discovering happiness in the natural world around him.

At an older age, Vesaas was asked to take over the ownership, of his family’s farm; declining the request, Vesaas was ridden in guilt, therefore leading to be an onset to a number of his works. The traumatic experiences he underwent in World War I, also contribute to his writing style.

Vesaas first began writing in 1923, when he published his first novel ‘Children of Humans’. Altogether, Vesaas wrote over 15 different works, resulting in him being nominated for the ‘Nobel Prize’ 30 times.


There is a new writing competition, on the theme of ‘Fear’:

The piece may follow any format, however it must consist of less than 500 words.


To enter, please send me your work using the ‘Contact’ section, or email me at:


The closing date for the competition is the 10th of March.


Thank you for taking part!