The Book of Reykjavik at Manchester Literature Festival (Digital)

30 Nov 2021 - 1.00AM

The Book of Reykjavik

Join co-editor Vera Juliusdottir and authors Audur Jonsdottir, Bjorn Halldorsson & Frida Isberg as they read extracts from their stories and discuss what defines Icelandic writing.

Iceland is a land of stories; from the epic sagas of its mythic past, to its claim today of being home to more writers and more avid readers, per head, than anywhere in the world. In Reykjavik Nights by Auður Jónsdóttir, a recent divorcee is going through her second adolescence as she tries to find her feet after the breakdown of her relationship. In Two Foxes by Björn Halldórsson, a sleepless suburbanite comes face-to-face with an arctic fox in his backyard, triggering a childhood memory of generational differences. Home by Fríða Ísberg shows a darker side of Reykjavik – this supposed paradise of gender equality. A young woman tries to make it safely home after a night out on the town, but every man she encounters feels like a potential threat. The three writers from this new Comma Press anthology will treat us to extracts of their stories and discuss their favourite literary landmarks or places, while editor Vera Júlíusdóttir will talk about editing the anthology, what defines Icelandic writing and the things that make Reykjavik a haven for writers, readers and story lovers.

Presented in partnership with Comma Press and Icelandic Literature Center. 

Available 1-30 November. 

This event is captioned.

Tickets are free, no need to book.

This digital event is free to available to view from 1pm on Mon 1 November until midnight on Sun 14 November via this web page or on MLF's Vimeo channel