Fotograf: Erik Betshammar

I was born in 1965 on the Swedish west coast, in Surte, close to Gothenburg.  At the age of eleven I started lying in my diary and discovered the joy of fictional writing. Since then I have written novels, plays, poetry, short stories as well as literary- and cultural criticism.

My first collection of poems was published in 1985. My first novel Nighwatch reached the bookstores in 1999.  In addition to that I have published three books of poetry, a children’s book, a collection of short stories, two easy-to-read novels and a theatre monologue. I have also written several plays that have been performed in Sweden and abroad  in theaters such as Folkteatern, Backa Teater, The Royal  Dramatic Theatre, Brageteatret and in Paris by La Métonymie.

My fictional stories are often set in psychological border regions where the border between innocence and guilt is confusingly thin. Sometimes I think that everything I write is a love story.

As a cultural journalist I am dedicated to understanding connections between art and society, trends and taboos, past and present.