Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit started her literature tour yesterday. This year, the Crown Princess went with the literature train from her home, Asker, to Kristiansand, the city the Crown Princess is originally from. The train will have many stops and will arrive in southern Norway’s largest city on Friday.
This is the fourth year in a row that the Crown Princess arranged the literature train to set the focus on literature. During the journey, the train will stop in several places. Along the way from Asker to Kristiansand, the literary train stops at Bø, Gjerstad and Vennesla. In addition, there will be an evening event in Dypvåg Church outside Tvedestrand on Thursday evening.
During the opening of the tour yesterday, the Crown Princess gave a speech. Her Royal Highness said, “It was natural for us to create a theme that is about coming home. I travel from one home to another. From Asker to Kristiansand. On the way we will meet authors who have written about this subject in different ways. And not at least, we will have to reflect on what that creates a home, where and what it is for each of us – and how it affects us as humans.”
Southern Norway is very important for the Crown Princess. This she emphasised her in her speech, saying: “In Kristiansand, I have my roots – my very dear mom and my sister. But Norway is also my home. I reflect a lot about what it has done to me as a human being to be Norwegian. How it affects the way I think of the dreams I had as young, the way I am in the world.”
The literary event ends in Kristiansand at Kristiansand Cathedral School where the Crown Princess will meet the authors Gaute Heivoll and Bjarte Breiteig, who both went to her own high school in Kristiansand.