Þórdís Gísladóttir, writer, translator and poet

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Þórdís Gísladóttir

Þórdís Gísladóttir was born in 1965. She has a degree in Icelandic language from the University of Iceland and a licentiate degree in Nordic studies from Uppsala University in Sweden. Þórdís is a writer, translator and poet and has written for both children and adults. She has also taught in universities, and has written about literature for the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen.

Þórdís received the Tómas Guðmundsson literary prize for her book The Secret of Others in 2010. Her second book of poetry, Velúr, came out in 2014, and was nominated for the Icelandic Literary prize. Leyndarmál-annarra-175x271

Þórdís is a prolific translator, mostly translating from Swedish. She translated the novel Everything is Love by Kristian Lundberg in 2012, for which she was nominated for the Icelandic Translators Prize. Þórdís also translated the novel Wilful Disregard by Swedish writer Lena Andersson, who is also attending this year’s festival.

In 2012, Þórdís’s children’s book Randalín and Mundi was published. This book received the Fjöru award and the Icelandic Booksellers award. The second book in this series, Randalín and Mundi in a Secret Grove was published in 2013, bringing great joy to Icelandic children.

Randalín-og-Mundi-175x268This fall, Þórdís’s third book of poetry is coming out, along with the third book in the Randalín and Mundi series

Here is a quote from the cultural radio show Víðsjá from November 2010, where The Secret of Others (Leyndarmál annarra) was featured:

… Like the title of the book suggests, its aim is to look under the surface in the lives of strangers, using the imagination. Þórdís does this perfectly… She’s a humourist and a humanist at the same time, a registrar of something real, not just something fictional but everything that’s around us. It’s great to laugh with Þórdís in this book and maybe we’ll enjoy it again if she writes more books. —Review of The Secret of Others on cultural radio show Víðsjá, November 2010.

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