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Lillehammer literature festival disinvites David Irving. Writer not part of programme after public furore. This year’s theme is truth. Public outcry was caused last year when it became known that the controversial writer had been invited. Even though it was later rescinded, the festival’s artistic leader at the time, Stig Sæterbakken, resigned his position in protest. Paradoxically, this was because he felt that disinviting Irving went against freedom of speech. Irving is definitely not one of the participants, however. “We have not been in contact with him since last October”, the head of the festival Randi Skeie told dagbladet.no at the launch of this year’s programme. Mixed reactions

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Lillehammer literature festival disinvites David Irving

Published on Thursday, 23rd April, 2009 at 23:22 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 24th April 2009 at 10:16.

Writer not part of programme after public furore.

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This year’s theme is truth. Public outcry was caused last year when it became known that the controversial writer had been invited. Even though it was later rescinded, the festival’s artistic leader at the time, Stig Sæterbakken, resigned his position in protest. Paradoxically, this was because he felt that disinviting Irving went against freedom of speech. Irving is definitely not one of the participants, however.

“We have not been in contact with him since last October”, the head of the festival Randi Skeie told dagbladet.no at the launch of this year’s programme.

Mixed reactions

Several of Norway’s leading writers were up in arms about the original invitation, and threatened to boycott the festival if he came.

“In my eyes, David Irving is a criminal and that’s that...the man should not even be let in to our country”, the Norwegian writer Tore Renberg told the paper at the time.

“It would be too...problematic for me to take part”, he continued.

But Karin Fossum said that she would be willing to attend.

“We shouldn’t deny anybody the right to say what they think, even though what they say is unpleasant.”

Undeterred

For his part, Irving says that he is coming anyway.

“I will not be silenced”, he told NRK.

In fact, he says that being disinvited means that he has been asked to hold lectures by several private individuals.

“Everything is organised”, he said.

Some of the international writers coming to this year’s festival are David Wroblewski, Aravind Adiga, and Victoria Hislop. The programme will eventually be available in English.



Published on Thursday, 23rd April, 2009 at 23:22 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 24th April 2009 at 10:16.

This post has the following tags: david, irving, norwegian, literature, festival, lillehammer, writer.





  
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