My name is Andrea Wold Johansen and I’m 24. I’ve got a BA(Hons) in Creative Writing from the University of Winchester and a BA in Translation and intercultural communication from the University of Agder, and I’ve started contemplating whether an MA would be a good idea or not. Am currently leaning heavily towards “yes”.
My home is a small town in the Eastern part of Norway, on the edge of a fjord, with blue mountains on the far (faaar) horizon. As a kid I’d write stories about the mountains and the lives of people long gone by the fjord. Little did I know that these small stories would one day be part of my first degree and prospective career, but I’m so grateful that they were. Well, not the actual early on stories, of course, they were all pretty bad come to think of it, but storytelling in general. Writing.
I really do like writing. I know it’s a cliché, but I’m really easily fascinated by people. There is something magical about how we act and interact with each other, all the things we say in between the lines, the subtle hints in our body language. These are the things I enjoy both reading and writing about, be it short stories or poetry; the small things that make people people.
Also, speaking of clichés, I really kind of like them, too.
Workwise, I’ve made my living in a café, in a supermarket, in a cathedral as a guide and interpretor, in a library, and as a technical translator at an office in Oslo. I’m currently back to working in the library, and loving every second of it. I’m also taking a few literature modules at the local uni, both as a challenge and as a little treat for myself.
This blog is my attempt at creating a bit of an online presence – a portfolio if you will. It is also a small way of keeping me writing now that I’m not writing creatively for my degree anymore. So welcome to my little corner of the internet, this is where I try to reach out to the world. Now that you’re here, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you for making that possible.