Entries by Anna Kurkijärvi-Willans

These haunting pictures will help you understand Finnish loneliness

We’ve arrived at the time of the year when us Finns hibernate in our homes. Summer is for having fun with friends, winter is for closing the doors and listening to your morbid thoughts, perhaps interspersed by the odd melancholic Schlager. It’s too dark outside to see anyone anyway, so why bother trying? Fortunately, for many of us, […]

This Finn brought Disney heroes to life. They’re even more gorgeous than on film.

When graphic designer Jirka Väätäinen from Kuopio, Finland, first started his project on what Disney characters might look like in real life, he didn’t expect anyone to see them. “One day, back in 2011, I just got this idea to entertain and challenge myself by reimagining Ursula in a more realistic way,” Väätäinen says. “It […]

How the 2011 England riots inspired Sarah Butler’s latest novel, Before The Fire

When you consider how often rioting has occurred throughout history, it’s surprising to discover how few authors have tackled the subject. Sure, there are plenty of academic tomes, but fiction is pretty thin on the ground. Now one British author, Sarah Butler, has dealt with the subject head on in her latest novel, Before the […]