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Reykjavík International Literary Festival

The sixteenth edition of the RILF will take place on April 19 to April 23 2023!

Set in cozy venues in downtown Reykjavík every two years, the festival offers interesting and entertaining programs for literature enthusiasts. Over a span of more than 30 years, the festival has welcomed Nobel-prize winners, novelists, historians, political activists, philosophers, cartoonists and more to take part in lively programs.

All programs are in English and admission is free

Reykjavík Fellowship Program: Applications open until end of November

Applications are now open for the Reykjavík Fellowship Program and you can apply by filling…

Dreaming of an Island: the Halldór Laxness Lecture 2022

There is nothing new in dreaming about an island. But this hopeful vision continues to…

Halldór Laxness International Literary Prize 2022

“If Iceland didn’t exist, it would have been invented,” said Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkow in…

RILF Program 2021

The full Festival Program: RILF_Program_English

Icelanders’ Self-image in Literature and a Different Perspective

Saturday September 11 13:00 The Nordic House (more…)

Halldór Laxness International Literary Prize: Elif Shafak

Saturday September 11 16:00 Veröld (more…)

Saša Stanišić

Saša Stanišić was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and has a Bosnian mother and Serbian father. At…

Leïla Slimani

Leïla Slimani is a French writer of Moroccan descent. She made waves all around the…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1977. She grew up on the campus…

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