Solja Krapu-Kallio is a poet and author for both children and adults. She debuted as a poet in 1993. With a strong presence and a hint of humor, she uses everyday life as a mirror – with “hits” like “I need the bus driver” and “It started so innocent with the sink.” She has won the Swedish Poetry Slam twice, appeared in about twenty countries and has been a recurring voice in the Swedish Radio’s Thoughts of the day. According to Fredrik Lindström, she writes poems “as I myself wanted to write”. Since a couple of years, she also writes chronicles in the magazine Ica Courier.
Solja’s children’s books also have a playful poetic form, and are illustrated by, among others, Anna-Clara Tidholm and Sara Gimbergsson. For her children’s book debut, she was honored with the Writer’s Award Slangbellan, and for the book What did you dream about she was nominated for the Norrland Literature Prize and the Elsa Beskow Award.
As an author, Solja has written both novels and short stories. The novel Westin’s Bakery & Café made a success as feelgood – “audio calendar” before Christmas 2016 at Storytel, and is now available as a book as well, as is part two and three.
She was born in Finland, has lived most of her life in the Northern part of Sweden, and consider both Finland and Sweden as her homelands. Solja will release a new novel in 2020, to be published by Brombergs förlag in Sweden.
Westins Bageri & kafé (Westin’s Bakery & Café)