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Laila Stien

Laila Stien Norwegian writer

Norwegian writer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Norwegian writer
Is Writer Linguist Poet Children's writer
From Norway
Type Literature Social science
Gender female
Birth 16 May 1946, Hemnes
Age: 73 years
Star sign TaurusTaurus
Spouse: Mikkel Aslaksen Gaup
Children: Ailo Gaup
The details

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). 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.
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

  • 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)


  • Rana municipality Cultural Prize 1986
  • Språklig samling's Literary Prize 1992
  • Norwegian Critics Prize for the year's best children's or youth's literature 1993, for Å plukke en smørblomst
  • Havmann Prize 1999, for Gjennom glass
  • Aschehoug Prize 2000
  • Alta municipality Cultural Prize 2002

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