Andri Snær Magnason, playwright, novelist and children’s author

Andri Snær Magnason

Andri Snær Magnason

Andri Snær Magnason, born in 1973, is a playwright, novelist and children’s author. He completed a degree in Icelandic language from the University of Iceland in 1997. His children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet (1999) was a huge success, and became the first children’s book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize in the fiction category. It has been translated into several languages, and a play based on the story has been staged in theatres across the world. This book also received several international awards, including the Janusz Korczak Honorary Prize (2002), the Green Earth Honorary Prize (2013) and the UKLA book prize in England (2014). blai-island-175x214

4451-4001-175x223Andri Snær is also a playwright, and his first novel, LoveStar (2002), received the DV cultural prize and was nominated for the Philip K. Dick award in 2013. In 2006, he published The Dreamland, which received great reviews and won the Icelandic Literary Prize. Andri Snær is an environmental activist, and The Dreamland explores environmental issues such as aluminium plants and heavy industry. A documentary film based on The Dreamland was made in 2009, which Andri Snær directed with Þorfinnur Guðnason.

His latest book, Tímakistan (2013) received the Icelandic Literary Prize and the West-Nordic children’s book prize.

Panel: The Environment, the Future and the Future of Writing