The results of the 2015 survey to investigate the future viability of Nordic House, requested at the 2014 AGM, will be sent to members of the Association in the coming month. It was not possible to present these results at the 2015 AGM as all members of the sub-committee, formed to look into this issue, were overseas at the time.
Members are requested to appraise themselves of the results and feedback from the survey and, if seeking clarity or wishing to provide further input, attend an informal meeting and discussion to be held at Nordic House on 9 April at 3 pm.
It must be stressed to members that no action can be taken on this survey without further discussion and formal voting at a future AGM or extraordinary members’ meeting. It is vital however, for planning purposes, that the committee has a sense of direction from the Association as it is not growing and is struggling to have members take an active role in its running.
You are urged to examine the results and give careful consideration as to how you want the Association to “look” in coming years.
There are currently no coordinators for the 2016 Skt Hans bonfire to be held at Nordic House in June this year.
The Committee is calling upon members to nominate to run this event. Full details of procedures are available and, with a team of helpers, it is a very easy event to run. If you are interested in taking this event on, please contact one of the committee members as soon as possible.
In the event that no members nominate to coordinate and run this event in 2016, it will regrettably be cancelled for this year.
Many thanks to Echo Publishing in Melbourne for providing the Association with copies of their three latest Swedish crime thrillers for the Library. The books, by renowned Swedish authors, Sigge Eklund, Martin Holmén and Jenny Rogneby, have been translated from their original Swedish and will be a welcome addition to our Library. To whet your appetite, here is a precis of each of the books.
- Sigge Eklund is one of Sweden’s best known writers and podcasters. InInto the Labyrinth, eleven-year-old Magda has disappeared. Her mother works every clue, obsessively trying to solve the mystery. Fingers have been pointed at Magda’s father Martin, his ambitious colleague, Tom, and his partner Katja. This book is a powerful psychological thriller that will get under your skin and haunt you well beyond its final, shocking conclusion.
- Martin Holmén is a high school teacher in Stockholm. Clinch is his debut novel. Set in 1930s Stockholm, former boxer and debt collector Harry Kvist is wrongly accused of murder, and is forced to navigate Stockholm’s underworld in a desperate search for the only person who can save him.
- Jenny Rogneby is a criminologist and former police investigator whosework inspired her to start writing. In Sweden, Jenny is also known for her former career as a pop star. In Leona: The Die is Cast, a bloodied child robs a bank. No one dares to intervene. Investigator Leona Lindberg is entrusted to the case. But why is she ignoring witness statements and calling in false suspects? Leona is a gripping crime thriller, featuring an unusual heroine who holds on to reality by the skin of her teeth.
We look forward to seeing sequels to these thrillers in the future, and extend our sincere thanks to Sabita Naheswaran from Echo Publishing for contacting the Association with this offer.
In May 2016, Neil Wilson will put together his 60th edition of SCANPOST. This will also be his last due to extensive upcoming travel plans. So, at the 2015 AGM, he gave notice that the Association will need to find a new editor in 9 months time.
The task is not an onerous one. It just takes an eagle eye to watch for Nordic news, a cooperative committee to provide copy, and some computer skills and a little time to pull it all together.
Neil is happy to provide the new editor with all his templates and documents. All that is needed is someone to take on the job. Please consider if this is how you can contribute to the Association and, if so, please contact Neil on 9332 5247 with your questions and queries.
Er mit navn, boller vil jeg have, hvis jeg ingen boller får, så laver jeg ballade……!
This year’s Fastelavn picnic will take place on Sunday 14 February 2016. This traditional Danish celebration has its origins in an old heathen custom. It is a carnival much loved by children who get to dress up in costume and to hit a wooden barrel specially made for the occasion and decorated with black cats. Prize winners will receive the traditional fastelavnris and there will be lolly bags and icy poles for all children.
Come along at 3.00 pm to join the fun of this festival, to be held at Nordic House. Entrance will be $4 per person for members and $8 per person for non-members. Children can wear costumes if they wish. Bring your family and friends, your picnic lunch, drinks, your aerogard, sunscreen and chairs. Tea and coffee facilities at Nordic House will be available for the usual charge.
Who will be Kattekonge this year?