The author Hanne-Vibeke Holst was born February 21, 1959 in Hjørring, Denmark as the oldest of the author Knud Holst and author Kirsten Holst's three daughters. She was married in 1984 to Chief of Cabinet Laurs Nørlund. Together they were the parents of Mikael in 1988 and Anastasia in 1989. During this time she was living in Brussels and Moscow among other cities. Hanne-Vibeke is now married to cinematographer Morten Bruus, with whom she had a son, Jonathan, in 1997. The family lives in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen.
Hanne-Vibeke Holst graduated from Brønderslev High School in 1977 and graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in 1984. As a journalist, she was employed at Berlingske Tidende and the weekly Sunday BT for shorter periods of time. From 1987, she has been selfemployed, inter alia, as a columnist in a ladies' magazine from 1995 to 2002, as a writer and commentator in particular Politiken, and writer of film, television and books. Besides her very succesful novels, she has written several non-fiction books, including the interview book "North Jutland in McWorld - CPE or settlement?", with photographs by Morten Bruus. You can read more about the book here. Early 2010 was the premiere of a play by Hanne-Vibeke Holst as The Betty Nansen Theatre February 27 opened its doors for the play "Moscow". In November 2011,
Hanne-Vibeke Holst published the novel "Undskyldningen", which became another bestseller. In November 8, 2013, Hanne-Vibeke Holst published her latest novel ”Knud, the Great, about her father, the author Knud Holst (1936-1995).
Hanne-Vibeke Holst's involvement and voice in the public debate has led directorships in ,inter alia, The Governments School Committee, membership of the association Sex and Society Bureau and a place in the Danish UNESCO National Comission. In 1999 she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador in Danish UNFPA Face-to-Face program, which primarily deals with population organizations work for women.
BOOK PRICES AND RECOGNITIONS
Hanne-Vibeke Holst received BMFs Childrens Book Prize for "This summer" in 1985, as the sixth winner after prominent Danish writers such as Bjarne Reuter, Thøger Birkeland, Bent Haller, Cecil Cooper and Tine Bryld.
She has also received Kristian Dahl Memorial Award in 1986, Egholtprisen in 1997 and Søren Gyldendal Award in 2003.
In 2004 she was named "The Active Woman of the Year ' by the National Association for Active Women in Denmark, and in 2006 she received both the Danish Women's Society Mathilde Prize and ’Bog & Ide’s reader price.
In 2007 she received The Hadsten Højskole Prize. The award is given to a person who puts society to debate.
In 2008, Edvard Pedersen's Library Fund Author Prize. The award is given each year to a writer of fiction, who, among other things, has made an extraordinary effort in Danish literature.
Also in 2008, Hanne-Vibeke Holst received the Golden Laurels, the Danish booksellers recognition of a significant Danish author. The award was given at a party in the spring of 2009.
In 2009: Readers' Book Award. Awarded by the Danish Library Association and Berlingske Tidende in partnership with the public libraries. The award is given to the best Danish book published in the past year, and the prize winner is selected by the most obvious group of experts, namely the country's book lovers.
In 2009 she was Artist of the year in Frederiksberg, awarded by the local council on the recommendation of the Culture and Library Committee and on the basis of proposals received from the citizens of Frederiksberg.
Jeanne and Henri Nathansen's Memorial Grant 2014. Awarded to an author who in several genres have addressed central contemporary themes with psychological and social insight, and above all for the touching novel biography ”Knud, the Great" (2013), which with high artistic empathy describes her father, the author Knud Holst’s, dramatic fate.
In June 2014 Hanne-Vibeke Holst recieved a special prize from the Danish Arts Foundation Scholarship Committee for Literature for her latest novel ”Knud, the Great”.