hannele mikaela taivassalo


Writer | Finland


Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo (1974) writes mainly prose, but is also interested in other genres, like children's literature and drama. Besides her own writing she teaches creative writing, and is also involved in performance theatre projects.

Her fourth novel, In Transit, was published 2016 – and this spring, 2018, she is publishing her first graphic novel, a dystopia noir called Scandorama, illustrated by Catherine Anyango Grünewald, a Swedish/Kenyan artist. A translated excerpt from Scandorama was published in the international literary magazine Words Without Borders (www.wordswithoutborders.org).

Taivassalo has been awarded the Runeberg Prize, a national literary award in Finland, for her novel Fem knivar hade Andrej Krapl. She is born and lives in Finland, writes in her mother tongue Swedish.


Photo by Niklas Sandström/Förlaget