Jónína Leosdóttir

Photo: Elísa Björg Magnúsdóttir

Born in Reykjavik in 1954, Jónína has written biographies, novels (including young adult), and many short stories that have been anthologized and appeared in literary magazines. Jónína’s plays have been performed and broadcast by RÚV, the national broadcasting company, as both radio and television plays. The Secret, one of her works, has been staged by four colleges, and her one-act plays have been performed in both Iceland and also in The Faroe Islands.

Jónína he was instrumental in establishing The Icelandic Women’s Literary Prize (Fjöruverðlaunin, bókmenntaverðlaun kvenna) in 2007 and is now an honorary member of that association. After working as a translator, journalist, and editor for many years, Jónína has worked as a full-time writer since 2006.
Her latest work is the Edda crime series – the first book was published in 2016 and the second one in 2017 … and a third novel about amateur sleuth, Edda, is planned for publication in 2018.​