The tenth Reykjavik International Literary Festival has now finished. The last reading was at Idno theater last Sunday evening in a house full of audience. Six authors read and talked about their work and the last one was Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl who made lively performance of sound poems. Here you can see older recording of the last poem he performed, called ,,Úr órum Tobba“:

We thank all the international authors who read for us at Idno theater and shared their wisdom at the Nordic House. We thank the Icelandic authors who read for us and the translators who filled the gap between cultures. Last, but not least, we thank everybody who participated by attending the readings at Idno theater, came to the Book dance and to the interviews at the Nordic House.

See you again in autumn 2013!

Two open lectures today

Today there will be two open lectures by authors of The Reykjavik International Literary Festival.

The first one will be at the Nordic House at 14:30. Nawal El Saadawi will give lecture with the title ,,Creativity, Dissidence and Women”, in english. The lecture is in collaboration with Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies.

The second one will be at Lögberg 101 (please notice change in location) at 16:00. Alberto Blanco will give lecture on the art history of Mexico called ,,Twenty Chapters of Mexican Art in the 20th Century”, in english.

The Reykjavík International Literary Festival

The Reykjavik International Literary Festival  is one of the major literary events in Iceland and is held bi-annually. The next festival takes place 7-11 September 2011 in the Nordic House and a local theater, Iðnó.

The festival is organized by volunteers. The board of the Reykjavík International Literary Festival is chaired by Sigurður G. Valgeirsson. Other board members are Einar Kárason, Halldór Guðmundsson, Max Dager, Pétur Már Ólafsson, Sjón, Þorgerður Agla Magnúsdóttir and Örnólfur Thorsson. Also working for the festival are Stella Soffía Jóhannesdóttir and Hulda Lárusdóttir.

Many of the world’s best-known authors have attended the Reykjavík Literary Festival in the 20 years since its inception in 1985, amongst them Gunter Grass, Isabel Allende, Jose Saramago, Haruki Murakami, A. S. Byatt, Kurt Vonnegut, Fay Weldon, Paul Auster and many others.