What do you do when it feels impossible to measure up to everything that is expected from you? What do you do when you carry a longing for something that you can hardly put into words?
Fågeln i mig flyger vart den vill [The Bird Within Flies Wherever It Wants] tells the story about Berta Hansson, artist-to-be, and her youth in a small Jamtlandic village at the beginning of the 20th century. The book has been named the Swedish picture book of the year 2017, and was honoured with the national award Snöbollen [The Snowball]. Sara Lundberg, artist as well as author, received the award in March 2018 during Littfest, Umeå International Literature Festival. Bildmuseet presents an exhibition with Sara Lundberg's original paintings and preparatory sketches for the book. Fågeln i mig flyger vart den vill also won the August Prize in 2017.
The award is an initiative by the association Krumelur in collaboration with Umeå Municipality, the Pilgatan association, the County Library of Västerbotten, Mid Sweden University, the Association of Swedish Illustrators and Graphic Designers, Littfest - Umeå International Literature Festival and Bildmuseet, Umeå University.