Swedish Book Review is deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of Helena Forsås-Scott after a short illness. Helena, who taught at the University of Aberdeen and later at University College London where she became Professor of Swedish and Gender Studies, was an active, knowledgeable and long-serving advisory editor of SBR and wrote many pieces for the magazine over the years. She was a major contributor from the outset to its forerunner Swedish Books and co-edited two 1980 issues on writing by women. Her projects for SBR, often in collaboration with translator colleagues, included contributions on Moa Martinson, Elin Wägner, Sara Lidman and Kerstin Ekman. A piece she had just written on Wägner’s early newspaper columns will appear in a future issue. Her 2013 essay on Ekman's Grand final i skojarbranschen (Grand Finale in the Trickster's Trade) is available on the SBR website.
At the time of her death, Norvik Press was carrying through Helena’s initiative to republish separately the long autobiographical poem Barndomen (Childhood), translated by Rochelle Wright. This first appeared in the SBR 1995 Ekman supplement, which Helena co-guest-edited. This new edition of the poem, with a specially written foreword by Kerstin Ekman, will be dedicated to Helena’s memory.
Helena was a director of Norvik Press and editor of the ground-breaking translation series Lagerlöf in English. An obituary will appear in a forthcoming issue of SBR.