Minna Lindgren
Humanist of the day

Minna Lindgren

Minna Lindgren is a journalist and author, known for her humour and forthright way of dealing with serious matters, like old age and opera. She studied musicology as her main subject for twelve years in the University of Helsinki. Lindgren has made her mark in her radio programmes, columns and sketches on classical music. Her trilogy, set in the Ehtoolehto (‘Twilight Grove’) retirement home, has been an international hit.

Minna Lindgren

Minna Liisa Gabriela Lindgren
Born 1963, Helsinki

Master of Arts (Musicology), 1994, University of Helsinki

Journalist, Head of Programmes, Finnish Broadcasting Company, 1986-2008

Musiikki on vakava asia (Loki, 1998)
Pianon palkeita orkesterin koskettimille (Tammi, 2002)
Leif Segerstam Nyt! (Teos, 2005)
Sivistyksen turha painolasti (Teos, 2011)
Kuolema Ehtoolehdossa (Teos, transl. Death in Twilight Grove, 2013)
Sinfoniaanisin terveisin (yhdessä Olli Löytyn kanssa) 2014 (Teos, 2014)
Ehtoolehdon pakolaiset (Teos, transl. Escape from Sunset Grove, 2014)
Ehtoolehdon tuho (Teos, transl. The End of Sunset Grove, 2015)

Kirkon tiedotuspalkinto (’Finnish Evangelical-Lutheran Church, prize for non-fiction’) 2008

Swedish Grand Journalism Prize, 2009

Runeberg Prize for Literature, shortlisted, 2015

Photo: Outi Järvinen
Written by Minna Lindgren, Kaija Hartikainen (ed.)
Translated by John Calton

Humanists are generally not offered exciting work assignments on a silver platter. I have put together many different kinds of radio programmes for different editorial offices, produced and edited TV programmes, live and heavily produced, written columns, articles, sketches, a libretto, radio plays, non-fiction books and novels, talked and lectured…

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As an ageing humanist, I wish to encourage all young people to really listen to their passions and choose a subject that truly interests them. As the job-for-life-and-a-decent-pension turns slowly into a mosaic of individual entrepreneurs, young people often feel anxious and end up going for the safe option.


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