Fritt Ord acquires Wergelandsveien 29

Ingvild Bjerkholt from Fritt Ord, Tone Jørpeland Lunde and Andreas Wiese from the House of Literature, Tommy Rustad and Tajma Lozo from Entra. Photo: Oskar Kvasnes
This past summer, it was announced that the Fritt Ord Foundation would be buying Wergelandsveien 29 in Oslo, the building in which the House of Literature Foundation has its activities. The seller was Entra, which has owned the building since the beginning.

Such processes take time, and the hand-over was scheduled for the end of this month, just one week before the House of Literature will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. On Friday, Entra and Fritt Ord met at the House of Literature to hand over keys and deal with all the practical aspects of the transaction. The House of Literature Building is now owned by Fritt Ord. 

Fritt Ord invites applications for grants of NOK 60 000 each for communications activities and discussions based on contemporary factual prose and fiction. For example, funding can be used for debates, seminars, talks with writers or discussion fora.

Deadline for applications: 29 June 2018.

The 2018 Free Media Awards are awarded to Chai Khana in South-Caucasus for their efforts to bring attention to under-reported news stories spanning national borders in the region, Fontanka in Russia for their coverage of ongoing and forgotten conflicts, and to the Belarusian website Belarus Partisan for their tireless investigative work.

The Fritt Ord Foundation has now awarded their annual grants to critics. At NOK 200 000 each, the grants should result in a steady stream of reviews during the period from August 2018 to August 2019. The grant scheme was established in 2015, and 11 grants are being awarded this year.