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ABOUT

 

Lill Tsehai Salole is an author, currently based in Norway.

 

She holds an MA in Developmental and Cross-Cultural Psychology, is an IB Alumna, and has studied Theatre, Literature and Dance Movement Therapy. Born in London, into a family with a long migrant history, and raised and educated in 6 countries, she identifies as a "global nomad".

Lill writes academic texts and nonfiction, as well as poetry, plays, and feature stories. She often builds on documentary and biographical material. Her publications have been predominantly in Norwegian. 

Salole explores themes of belonging, identity, childhood and parenthood within a minority and migrant context. Her field of interest is examining life experiences of Cross-Cultural Kids (CCKs), Third Culture Kids (TCKs), Parachute Kids, and Distant Families. "Cross Cultural Kids" are children and youth who move internationally, who grow up in families with a history of migration, who are of indigenious descent or national minorities, who are internationally adopted, or whose parents have different nationalities. "Thirds Culture Kids" are children who periodically live outside of their passport countries due to parents work and occupation. "Parachute Kids" are children and youth sent to live on other countries on their own for  the purpose of education. "Distant families" are families in which members live in different countries.

Salole has a passion for language and stories as a tool for change and for confirming diverse cultural heritage. She has worked for several organisations within both the governmental and non-governmental sector, as well as with social entrepreneurs, non-profits and foundations. In recent years she has focused on her writing, as well as editorial, content and concept work. In addition to her own books, she has developed resource material, online and printed. She has served as a reader for publishers and other writers. Next to her work in the arts, she has helped organisations develop better knowledge-based support systems for Expatriates and their families. She continues to contribute to articles, books and anthologies, academic pieces, film scripts, stage productions, podcasts, apps, digital learning platforms, educational films and series in her field.

 

Lill Tsehai has broad experience in public speaking , and regularly teaches different groups of professionals and student groups. Additionally, she creates and holds workshops for groups of children, young adults and parents who move internationally. Central themes for these sessions are identity and belonging, the liminal and marginal space, migration stress and transnational lives, acculturation and reacculturation, the psychology of discrimination, racism and exclusion, and the power of storytelling, visibility and voice. Lill does book and poetry readings, and often incorporates elements of bibliotherapy, poetry and performance in her lectures and work.

Lill is a former board member for The Norwegian Institute for Children's Books and The Flexid Foundation, and is currently serving on other boards. 

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