In the latest Kirjailija Magazine, published by the Union of Finnish Writers, Emmi and her colleagues Nura Farah and Leo Ylitalo discuss what it’s like to write in the crossroads of two very different languages. You can read the Finnish-language article at the website of the Union.
I still dream of the island.
I sometimes approach it across water, but more often through air, like a bird, with a great wind under my wings. The shores rise rain-coloured on the horizon of sleep, and in their quiet circle the buildings: the houses grown along the canals, the workshops of inkmasters, the low-ceilinged taverns. The House of Words looks inward behind its high walls. Threads knotted into mazes run in all directions from the House of Webs, and air gondolas are suspended on their cables, dead weights above the streets.
At the centre of the island stands the Tower, smooth and blind. A sun of stone glows grey light at the pinnacle, spreading its sharp ray-fingers. Fires like fish-scales flicker in the windows. Sea is all around, and the air will carry me no longer.
Emmi’s short story, Roads of Silver, Paths of Gold, appears in the anthology Stories of Hope and Wonder, published by Newcon Press. All proceeds from the sale of this digital anthology are being donated to support NHS staff and other healthcare workers. You can see the full list of authors here, or head straight to Amazon to buy the ebook.
This just in! The Finnish version of Emmi’s new novel Kuunpäivän kirjeet is coming out this autumn. The first chance to get a sneak preview is in the LANU! Virtual Book Festival this coming Sunday, April 4th from 7.30 to 8.00PM. Enjoy a moment of tea and dystopia, as Emmi talks about the new novel and reads an excerpt live on Instagram
On Friday September 27th, from 5PM onwards, the fifth edition of the Long Night of LiteratureS will be held at the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi. The invited European authors - Emmi amongst them - will be reading to small, rotating audiences in their native language, and then discussing their work and literature in general in English. There’s also a virtual reality adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, by the German artist Mika Johnson. More information about the event can be found here.