IDA MARIE HEDE (b. 1980) is the author of seven books and numerous plays. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Copenhagen and Goldsmiths College and graduated from the Danish Academy of Creative Writing in 2008. Hede has taught at Gladiatorskolen, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and is currently a creative writing lecturer at Johan Borup’s Højskole as well as an art critic for Dagbladet Information. She has received the Danish Art Council’s prestigious three-year working grant, and in 2018 Bedårende [Adorable] was nominated for the Danish Critics’ Prize for Literature.
In Ida Marie Hede’s stunningly haunting and humorous novel, Adorable, B and Q’s world changes with the birth of their first child Æ. Here, in a selection of passages from the first section of the novel, the messy birth of Æ and relationship B develops with her are told in gloriously rich detail.