The Sigrid Undset Society

The Sigrid Undset Soceity

The Sigrid Undset Society, SUS, was established on the initiative of Sigrid Undset-dagene, Norsk Litteraturfestival. The Sigrid Undset Society aims to further the interest in Sigrid Undset’s authorship, and to support the activities of Norsk Litteraturfestival.

At Lillehammer, on Sigrid Undset’s 115th birthday in 1997, a handful of enthusiasts founded a society carrying her name. The Sigrid Undset Society aims to include both those who read her books for pleasure and those who study her works for professional purposes, those who live far away and those whose adress is Lillehammer, those who are active volounteers at Lillehammer’s annual literary festival, and those who want to give us their passive support. We have started this enterprise, not because Undset’s authorship needs our assistance – the books of the Nobel Laureate will stay alive anyway through their thousands of readers -, but because we, her readers, so far have had no forum where we could get in touch with each other.


In an article Sigrid Undset wrote that when people meet in a shared fascination for a favourite writer, a «happy freemasonry» will grow up between them. It is just such a fellowship we invite Undset’s readers to join us in, through cultural events, through the annual literary festival at Lillehammer, and through our newsletter «Gymnadenia».

Leader Members Vice member Nomination Accountant
Kristin Brandtsegg Johansen
Sissel Karlsen Fjeldet
Tone Ljoså
Frode Sannum
Heidrun Sørlie Røhr
Marie Othilie Hundevadt
Marit Borkenhagen
Cecilie Skeide
Inger Norbye
Kirsti Johnson
Jorid Vaagland
Inger Marie Bakke
Jesper Holthe