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Rising Writers

Jakob Wegelius

Jakob Wegelius is a Swedish writer and illustrator who lives and works in the small village of Mörtfors. In Sweden, he was awarded the August Prize for Best Children’s Book and the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize for The Murderer’s Ape. It is also an International Youth Library White Raven selection. The Murderer’s Ape is his first novel published in English.

Linnea Hartsuyker

Linnea Hartsuyker is a graduate of NYU's Fiction MFA program and Cornell University's Engineering school, and has been researching the rise and reign of Harald Fairhair since she first discovered she was descended from him at the age of seventeen, when her family traced its ancestry back through 1200 years of Swedish and Norwegian church records. Since then she has read extensively of Icelandic sagas, kayaked and skied the fjordland settings for this novel, and even become proficient in lifting Husafjell stones, as the Vikings did to become stronger.

Mitch Johnson

Mitch was inspired to write Kick while working in a sports shop where he found a discarded, crumpled drinks sachet, left in a shoebox between a brand-new pair of football boots. Lots of reading and research on fast fashion, the global textile industry and sweatshops and life in the slums of Jakarta followed – and Budi’s story was born. Kick is an unforgettable adventure of compassion, of finding hope in unexpected places, of football crossing borders, countries, divides. John Boyne has called it “a brilliant debut”.


Mitch Johnson



Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad is an award-winning journalist and author who has travelled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. His reporting includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He is a recipient of a National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

American War

Omar El Akkad