Hannele Huovi took her BA at the University of Helsinki in 1973. She graduated in Finnish Literature. She wrote her first radio-play for children already during her studying years. Hannele Huovi has also made many radio-programs for children. Her working with radio has also been important for her as an author because it has taught her as she says ”to hear and listen”.
Hannele Huovi has very purposefully broadened her works: In addition to all forms of children’s and juvenile literature she also writes poetry and prose for adults ”I simply want to learn to write many different kinds of literature”, she said in an interview. Gradually Hannele Huovi has become one of the most important writers in Finland and she has received a number of literature prizes.
Huovi’s output returns repeatedly to the themes of emotional growth and breaking down boundaries. A strong feeling for nature is always emphasized in Hannele Huovi’s works, beauty and poetic sensibility is always present. Even when writing realistically she employs myths and finely-tuned symbolics.
Hannele Huovi is a versatile author, who in each new work detects new sides of herself as a writer. She moves as easily in novels for young people as in fairy tales for children or poetry. Hannele Huovi always takes her reader into consideration, even in her modern experiments and with an artistic originality that has refreshened the entire Finnish literature for children and young people. Humanity, warmth and tolerance are always present in her wide production.
Huovi’s works have been translated into Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Estonian, German, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.
Hannele Huovi is a versatile author, who in each new work detects new sides of herself as a writer.
She moves as easily in novels for young people as in fairy tales.
– The New York Times
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