Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir, poet and children’s author

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Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir

Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir was born in 1930, and is a poet and children’s author. She studied drama and completed a degree in teaching and librarianship at the University of Iceland. Vilborg has worked as a primary-school teacher, and has published several children’s books, both fiction and academic.

Her first book of poetry, Laufið á trjánum, was published in 1960. At this time she was one of very few women in Iceland to write modernist poetry. Her poems appeared in the literary magazine Birtingur and she has published numerous poems in magazines and collections abroad. Her ninth poetry collection, Síðdegi, was nominated for the Women’s Literature Prize in 2010. Siddegi-175x286

Vilborg’s children’s book Alli Nalli og tunglið (1959) is a widely known classic among Icelandic children. Several plays have been staged based on Vilborg’s children’s stories.

Vilborg is a feminist activist, and was one of the founders of The Redstockings of the Women’s Liberation Movement, a radical feminist group formed in 1969.

In 2000 Vilborg received The Order of the Falcon, which is a national Order of Iceland. Two biographies about Vilborg have been published, Mynd af konu (2000) and Úr þagnarhyl (2012).

Panel: Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir in Conversation with Kristín Ómarsdóttir