Visiting the Gyldendal House

Visiting the Gyldendal House

In the end of November, I was invited to a visit at the Gyldendal House in Oslo. Beforehand I was uncertain about what to expect, but at the same time I was very excited. Literature had always meant much to me and getting an opportunity like this seemed almost delusory.

I arrived in Oslo in the evening the day before the meeting, as Gyldendal had offered to pay for my hotel stay. Living at Hotel Bristol, which was located closely to the publisher, was an amazing experience. My sister, who I brought as a companion for my trip, also enjoyed it there.

I began the next day with some English breakfast tea and a croissant, as I decided it was suitable for the occasion. After roaming the streets of Oslo during the morning hours, I went to the Gyldendal House for my visit.

In the entrance I met Kari Anne Gjesdal. We sat down and had a quick chat about the day’s plan and what activities my visit would hold. Then, we found ourselves in the Prøysen room, where I would be meeting Espen Dahl to discuss my text. Talking with Espen was surprisingly useful, as I got to view the text from another perspective. He gave me lots of tips on how to improve my writing, as well as sparking some ideas about what I should focus on in the future.

Following the talk with Espen, I headed to the cafeteria to have lunch with Kari Anne. I was impressed with its standard, and for myself, I chose some salad and pasta, even though the range of dishes was much larger. Kari Anne and I conversed about lots of different topics, and amid our lunch, we were interrupted by Espen, who came to give me a tote bag filled with books. Originally, this was not included in my winner prize, so I was utterly surprised and thankful.

During the afternoon I was handed another book-crammed tote bag, this time by Terje, who then guided me through the Gyldendal House and the publisher’s history. I enjoyed the tour, as I got to see a lot of different people and their workplaces. The Gyldendal House itself was quite interesting as well, due to its unique architecture and historic significance.

My meeting was coming to an end, and I met with Kari Anne to wrap up my experience. Visiting Gyldendal was an affair of its own. Throughout the few hours I was there, I met plenty of interesting people, had an amazing lunch, was showered literature upon and was given new perspectives on my writing and future. After saying good bye, I left the inviting atmosphere of the Gyldendal House and walked into the cold November drizzle, energized by the newly presented stances and a vivacious inspiration to keep doing what I love.

Text by: Renate Karlsmoen, Trysil vgs

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