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Margaret Atwood hands over her new manuscript


Margaret Atwood will hand over the inaugural manuscript for Future Library on Tuesday 26th of May. Her contribution to the project will be celebrated in a special two-part event: a public walk through the Future Library Forest in Oslo and an in-conversation with the artist Katie Paterson held in the Deichmanske Library. Free and open to all. Please join us. 

The prizewinning author, poet, essayist and literary critic Margaret Atwood (CA) is the first writer to contribute to Future Library, a public artwork by Scottish artist Katie Paterson that will unfold over the next 100 years in the city of Oslo, Norway.

How strange it is to think of my own voice – silent by then for a long time – suddenly being awakened, after a hundred years. What is the first thing that voice will say, as a not-yet-embodied hand draws it out of its container and opens it to the first page?”  Margaret Atwood

A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114. Tending the forest and ensuring its preservation for the 100-year duration of the artwork finds a conceptual counterpoint in the invitation extended to each writer: to conceive and produce a work in the hope of finding a receptive reader in an unknown future.


Future Library Forest
Margaret Atwood will hand over the inaugural manuscript for Future Library, and participate in a public walk through the forest, where she will give a reading. Meet at Frognerseteren station, Nordmarka at 9.30am. The walk will take approximately 30 minutes in each direction, and the group will return to the station at around 11.30am. The Future Library forest coordinates are 59°59’10.0” N10°41’48.6” E. View Googlemap. Download the map below. Please dress for a walk in the woods and bring a cup with you. Coffee and tea will be served.
Deichmanske Library
An in-conversation event with Margaret Atwood and Katie Paterson will be held in the Deichmanske Library, Oslo at 1.15pm.
Both events are open to all, and free of charge. 


Katie Paterson, Future Library, Oslo 2014 – 2114

Conceived by Katie Paterson, Future Library is commissioned and produced by Bjørvika Utvikling, originally curated by Situations, and managed by the Future Library Trust. Supported by the City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs and Agency for Urban Environment.    facebook    twitter

Press contact: Anne Beate Hovind, Project Director, Bjørvika Utvikling
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