(b. 1984) marched directly into the heart of the Finnish literary scene with her debut novel Those Who Stay (2013), a strong, lyrical, beautifully written work about roots, family and the songs of Leonard Cohen. A year before, she had entered the manuscript in a writing competition and stunned the jury with her technical skill and the force of her story. Harno’s prose is defined by confidence, graceful narration, delicate characterisation and powerfully charged atmosphere. Her second novel Burnt Land has recently been published in the USA. Harno has an MA in drama from the Theatre Academy, Helsinki, and a law degree from the University of Helsinki. She has also written the screenplay for the musical film Urban Family.
“I alternate between writing scripts and novels so I don’t get overwhelmed by the loneliness of writing long prose. I’m always looking for the perfect combination of beauty, humour and sadness. I used to dream of having an island where I could write. Now I hope to make space at the family dining table for my laptop.”