The most productive author in the Faroe Islands so far was Jens Pauli Heinesen born November 12’th 1932 and died July 19’th 2011. He wrote around 40 pieces consisting of short stories, novellas, stage plays and more. He grew up at Hammershaimbsvegi 21 in Sandavág. He was the son of Petur Heinesen á Lofti and Anna Maria Malena Heinesen ( born Johannesen ). Jens Pauli was the third child of six. At the age of fourteen he went to Torshavn, at first to work in an office and then later he attended school. He fished school in 1950 and received his baccalaureate in 1952. In 1956 he fished his education as a teacher in Emdrupborg in Denmark.
In 1956 Jens Pauli married Maud Brimheim from Klaksvík.
He had three children Elin, Marianna and Janus.
Jens Pauli worked as a teacher in Denmark for a year but then returned to the Faroe Islands.
He worked to get schoolbooks published in Faroese.
In the 1970’s he gave up his job as a teacher to work as a writer full time.
He was president for the authors association from 1968 till 1975.
Jens Pauli Heinesen won the M.A. Jacobsens award three times in 1958, 1978 and 1993. He was nominated for the award of the Nordic-council in 1982 and 1994. He received the Government of the Faroe Islands culture award in 1999.