Dania O. Tausen (born in 1998) is a poet and musician from a small village in the Faroe Islands. Dania is currently a student at the University of the Faroe Islands, where she studies Creative Writing. The poetry collection ‘Skál’ was her debut release, which gained a lot of attention from the Faroese readers. The prose-poetry collection was released right before Christmas 2020 and was reprinted shortly after, because of the big interest.
‘Skál’ is about two young adults, who try to figure out their way in a small community, where they grew up in a conservative environment. They deal with normal teenage struggles, but with the extra layers of confusion and frustration that arises from their foundation of Christianity. Not many Faroese books have been written about this theme, which made it an important debut release. Dania points out that this story needed to be told in the name of acceptance and authenticity. It must be tolerated to ask questions and have doubts and call out bad treatment and speak about relevant struggles which normally would go unsaid but almost everybody goes through at some point.
The process of Dania's journey in writing and releasing the collection 'Skál' was documented in a film with the same title. The film has had good reviews and won the Audience Award at The Copenhagen Filmfestival, CPH:DOX 2021 and the an Award in the category New Nordic Voice at Nordic Panorama.