Reading Europe - Norway - The Bird Tribunal

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0120170123

In the Norwegian writer Agnes Ravatn's haunting psychological thriller, two people, each with a secret, seek atonement for past sins. TV presenter Allis Hagtorn seeks solace in a remote house on an isolated fjord when she takes up a new job as a housekeeper and gardener. Her 44 year old employer is not what she is expecting. Sigurd Bagge is an enigmatic presence, and Allis, like a moth to a flame, finds she is simultaneously drawn to him and alert to his disquieting moods. Lydia Wilson is the reader.

Agnes Ravatn is a novelist and columnist and has published several collections of essays. The Bird Tribunal has won two awards in Norway, the NRK P2 Listener's Novel Prize and the Youth Critic's Award, and it has also been adapted for the stage.

Rosie Hedger is the translator of The Bird Tribunal, and has lived and worked in Scandinavia.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

02Balder's Destruction20170124

In the Norwegian writer Agnes Ravatn's haunting thriller, Allis discovers that her secret cannot be kept. At home she captivates her emotionally distant employer, Bagge, with the story of the destruction of the Norse god, Balder. Lydia Wilson is the reader.

Translated from the Norwegian by Rosie Hedger

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

In the Norwegian writer Agnes Ravatn's haunting thriller, Allis discovers that her secret cannot be kept. At home she captivates her emotionally distant employer, Bagge, with the story of the destruction of the Norse god, Balder. Lydia Wilson is the reader.

Translated from the Norwegian by Rosie Hedger

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

03Elysium20170125

In the Norwegian writer Agnes Ravatn's tautly told and award winning thriller, it's Allis's birthday and she's in a reflective mood. Later, Bagge disappears into the water. Lydia Wilson is the reader.

Translated from the Norwegian by Rosie Hedger

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

04A Secret20170126

In Agnes Ravatn's tautly told psychological thriller Allis reveals the secret that forced her to escape from her old life, and she discovers something new about Bagge's absent wife. Lydia Wilson reads.

Translated from the Norwegian by Rosie Hedger

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

05A Judgement20170127

In the Norwegian writer Agnes Ravatn's haunting thriller Bagge tells Allis about standing before an extraordinary tribunal. Later, she makes a decision. Lydia Wilson reads.

Translated from the Norwegian by Rosie Hedger

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

In the Norwegian writer Agnes Ravatn's haunting thriller Bagge tells Allis about standing before an extraordinary tribunal. Later, she makes a decision. Lydia Wilson reads.

Translated from the Norwegian by Rosie Hedger

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

06Love And Atonement20170130

In Norwegian writer, Agnes Ravatn's psychological thriller Allis tells a startling story story from the Norse myths about love and atonement. Lydia Wilson is the reader.

Translated from the Norwegian by Rosie Hedger

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

In Norwegian writer, Agnes Ravatn's psychological thriller Allis tells a startling story story from the Norse myths about love and atonement. Lydia Wilson is the reader.

Translated from the Norwegian by Rosie Hedger

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

07The Nithhogg20170131

In the concluding episode of Agnes Ravatn's psychological thriller Allis and Bagge take to the water and the mythic story of the dragon Nithhogg casts a shadow. Lydia Wilson reads.

Translated from the Norwegian by Rosie Hedger

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.