Reykjavík International Literary Festival begins tomorrow, held across a number of cosy venues in Iceland’s quaint, storybook capital, and playing host to a wide panel of informative and entertaining industry experts.


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With a theme of ‘adaptation’, the festival will take place this year from April 24th – 27th, marking the first time the event has been scheduled during the Spring. This decision was made in recognition of World Book Day.

Over the festival’s thirty year lifespan, Nobel prize winners, historians, political activists, philosophers and cartoonists have all been drawn to Reykjavík to participate in this historic event.

As a biannual affair, the Reykjavík International Literary Festival is considered one of the most important dates of the years for authors, publishers and editors, serving not only as the perfect networking opportunity, but also a fantastic introduction to essential new reading.

Halldór Laxness won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1955. Credit: Halldór Laxness Facebook.

Thankfully, since its founding in 1985, Reykjavík International Literary Festival has sought to ensure the world recognise this small Nordic isle as a hotspot for scribes, wordsmiths and pen-pushers.


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As a UNESCO City of Literature, it should come as no surprise that Reykjavík is home to some of the world’s best writers. One in ten people have published a book, and Icelandic crime drama has soared in recent years, introducing this island and its people through the power of fiction.

The festival will host a variety of events including readings, panel discussions, lectures, stand up comedy and interviews. 2019 sees the centennial celebration of Nobel Laureate, Halldór Laxness’ first novel, Barn náttúrunnar (“Child of Nature”). A symposium will be held to honour his extensive contribution to Icelandic literature. An award, Orðstír, will also be handed out to two foreign language translators for their work with Icelandic literature.

All programs are in English, with free admission—a lucky break for starving writers!


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