Nobel winner Tokarczuk visits immigrant schoolchildren in Stockholm
Poland's Nobel Prize for Literature winner Olga Tokarczuk on Wednesday visited immigrant schoolchildren in the Rinkeby district of Stockholm.
During the meeting held in Rinkeby's local library, the author was introduced to a children's artistic programme and was gifted with a portrait of herself as a souvenir of her visit.
The primary school-aged children of the Rinkeby and Tensta districts recited texts in their native languages, including Arabic, Russian, Czech, and also in Polish. One of the children, named Gardian, told Tokarczuk that "this is a place where over 20 languages are spoken."
After the readings, the lights were lowered and the young students sang a traditional Christmas song for their guest.
The pupils then presented the author with a portrait of herself, painted by children in the group. After accepting the painting, Tokarczuk said "I am deeply moved. When I return to Poland I will hang it in a central place in my home."
Speaking to journalists, Tokarczuk said that she "appreciates the wealth that stands behind these students of many different backgrounds. Sweden is a country which has accepted many immigrants. Here, there is an understanding of the situation in which they were, and in which they now find themselves."
On Tuesday, in Stockholm, Tokarczuk was presented with the Nobel Medal for Literature and the Nobel diploma. This week, she will also attend an event hosted by Sweden's Royal Family, and a meeting with diplomats organised by the Polish Embassy in Stockholm.