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Poet session in Davíðshús

Poet session in Davíðshús

Þórdís Gísladóttir and Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir perform their own works and chat with guests in Davíðshús' living room. (Icelandic)

Þórdís Gísladóttir is a prolific writer and translator. She has published poetry books, children's and youth books and textbooks, along with a number of translations. Þórdís's first book of poetry, Leyndarmál andrana, won Tómas Guðmundsson's Literary Award in 2010, after which she published several books of poetry, many of which have been unavailable. She has also written children's and youth books, short stories and textbooks. Þórdís has received the Fjöruprúður, a women's literary award, received three nominations for the Icelandic Literature Award, she has twice received a nomination for the Icelandic Translation Award, and the poetry book Óvissustig was nominated for the Maístörnnar for the best Icelandic poetry book published in 2016.

Kristín Svava is both a historian and a poet. She has also dabbled in translation and published poetry translations in various magazines. She has also written lyrics, for example for the album Ávarp undn sænginni, with Tómas R. Einarsson and Ragnhilda Gísladóttir. She sometimes mixes these roles, not least in the book of poems Hetjusögur, which was published in 2020 and was nominated for the Fjörúpræður. The poem is based on an original reworking of the publication Íslensnar lójmæður, which was published in the 1960s. In the poems, a portal opens into a bygone era "from which flow descriptions of the exploits of these midwives who did not let the weather or the weather hinder their progress." Furthermore, the good, self-sacrificing woman is very clearly drawn. is successful and results in a complex and amazing text." As stated in the nomination. Kristín Svava has received various nominations for her work. She received Hagþenki's Award for the non-fiction book Stund kláminsin in 2019 and in 2023 she won the Fjörúpræður in the non-fiction category for Farsótt: Hundrad år i Þingholtsstræti 25. She has been nominated twice for the Icelandic Literature Prize, in 2022 for Farsótt: One Hundred Years in Þingholtsstræti 25 and in 2020 as one of the editors of Women Who Vote.

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Date: 20 July
Timing: at 17 - Doors open 16.30
Location: Davíðshús
Admission: Free
Other: First come, first served

The event is part of Art Summer 2023.

Thursday, July 20
Davíðshús, Bjarkarstígur, Akureyri