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Anna-Liisa Haavikko

Born February 23, 1960, Toivakka

Master of Arts (Folkloristics), University of Helsinki

Freelance journalist
Began as a journalist at a local newspaper. Currently hosts radio and television programmes and writes. Regularly hosts the radio current affairs programme Julkinen sana, broadcast on Yle (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) Radio 1, and produces pieces on science and culture.

Positions of responsibility:
Board of Kopiosto (Copyright Society) 2015–
Chairman of the copyright committee of the Union of Journalists 2015–
Board of the Union of Journalists 2011–2014
Committee for Public Information in Finland 2009–
Board of the Union of Finnish Radio and TV Journalists
Board of the Freelance Branch of the Union of Finnish Radio and TV Journalists 2002–07

Naisten marssi (‘The march of women’) 1994
Ja sodan vuosiin sattui nuoruus (‘Youth in the war years’) 1994
Nuoruuden kolmas näytös (‘The third act of youth’) 1995
Lyhyet vuodet (‘Short Years’) 1996
Täysiä vuosia – Vuoden 1949 muotokuva (‘Full years – a portrait of 1949’) 1999
Täysiä vuosia – Vuoden 1950 muotokuva (‘Full years – a portrait of 1950’) 1999
Mummokirja (‘The book of grannies’) 2004
Tältä kohtaa (‘Here we go’)

Photo: Mika Federley
Written by Anna-Liisa Haavikko (Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta, ed.)
Translated by Matthew Billington

The best thing about the university

During my student days it was always a time of excitement when the study prospectus came out in the autumn. What fun courses should I take this year? My best memories at the University involve three libraries. When I wanted to be by myself, I sat and read in the Rotunda of the National Library. When I felt like being sociable, I went to the library on the third floor of the Main Building; you could always find somebody there to go for a cup of coffee with. One sound from there has stayed in my mind: the clop of the worn-out clogs of the amanuensis going around restocking the shelves.

In the library of the Finnish Literature Society I worked on my Master’s thesis. Some of my fellow students were working there, and I became friends with the rest of the staff too. When I finally turned in my thesis on women’s war narratives, the librarian gave me a present related to the subject. Perhaps it was high time to graduate if the staff thought I was part of the furniture! Leaving the library was a sad moment, but fortunately university libraries are also open to the general public.

University libraries are still important for Anna-Liisa Haavikko. Photo: Mika Federley.


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