Gyrðir Elíasson is the author of numerous novels, poetry books, collections of short stories and translations. He has been active on the Icelandic literary scene since 1983, when he published his first book of poetry, Svarthvít axlabönd, and has left a deep mark on the landscape of Icelandic literature ever since. For many years, Gyrðir has been considered one of the leading stylists of Icelandic literature. He won the Icelandic Literature Prize in 2000 for his collection of short stories Gula húsið (The Yellow House) and has been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize three times, in 1991, 2002 and 2011, when he received the prize for his eighth collection of short stories Milli trjánna (Between the Trees).
Event with Gyrðir Elíasson