Video in English


Documentary Captures Tranströmer’s Nobel Day


Fortunately, Bloodaxe Books, the major British and European publisher of Tranströmer books in English, commissioned a documentary that captured events as they unfolded on October 6, 2011, the day that Tomas Tranströmer won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The previous August, British documentary filmmaker Pamela Robertson-Pearce filmed Tranströmer in his apartment playing the piano. Robin Fulton’s translations appear as subtitles for the Swedish-language readings  Tranströmer recorded prior to a stroke in 1990 which rendered him speechless.  The poems in Swedish  include “The Nightingale in Badelunda,” “Allegro,” “From the Thaw on 1966,” “The Half-Finished Heaven,” “April and Silence,” “From March 1979,” and “Tracks.”


Bonniers förlag Tranströmer Video



Produced by Albert Bonniers förlag, Sweden’s oldest (established 1937) and most prestigious publisher (Bonniers is the Swedish publisher of the new Steve Jobs biography) as a Youtube video channel to promote their authors, this brief video captures Tomas Transtromer in images with his grandfather, mother and wife Monica. A brief but eloquent congratulatory video celebrating the Nobel Prize for Tomas Tranströmer.


Ross Shideler on Tomas Tranströmer (October 6, 2011)

Ross Shideler, UCLA professor of Comparative and Scandinavian literature , discusses the Nobel Prize winner’s work.


Interview with Tomas Tranströmer, 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature (October 6, 2011)

Directly after the announcement of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature, on 6 October 2011, Tomas Tranströmer and his wife Monica invited the press to their home in Stockholm, Sweden. Learn more about the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature on


Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, Interview About 2011 Nobel Prize Winner Tranströmer (October 6, 2011)

Following the announcement, Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, was interviewed by freelance journalist Sven-Hugo Persson about the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to Tomas Tranströmer “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality. For more information,


The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award to Tomas Tranströmer (2007)

On June 5, 2007, with American poet Robert Hass introducing, The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry bestowed its second Lifetime Recognition Award on the renowned poet Tomas Tranströmer.


Video in Swedish



Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer (born April 15, 1931, Stockholm) discusses and reads his poem “Schubertiana”, in English translation (translation by Samuel Charters).


Interview with Tomas Tranströmer (1992)

Tomas Tranströmer om när han började skriva. Han berättar om sin ambition att inte använda ordet Jag. Tranströmer läser dikten Allegro från diktsamlingen Den halvfärdiga himlen.


Interview with Tomas Tranströmer, poem “Allegro” (1989)

Tomas Tranströmer i sitt hem i Västerås 1989, året innan han drabbades av stroke och förlorade sitt tal. Tranströmer talar om hur nära poesin står filmen, häftiga rörelser som växlar mellan stillastående bilder. Jämför 1700-talspoesi med dagens.