1 September 2021, 6:30-7:30pm. Book here.
We are thrilled to invite you to the online launch of The Book of Reykjavik, A City in Short Fiction.
Part of Comma’s popular ‘Reading the City’ series, this beautiful collection includes ten stories, translated into English for the first time capturing the essence of contemporary Iceland and its writing.
Join us with West Camel, who will be in conversation with three of the brilliant authors, discussing inspirations and the creative ideas behind this fascinating anthology.
Residents of a new apartment block find that the former residents have come home to roost…
A woman walking home from a night out feels she must keep looking over her shoulder…
A boy and his mother visit a graveyard on Christmas Eve, but run into mechanical trouble…
Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is known for its striking architecture and Viking heritage which attracts a constant stream of visitors all year round to this diminutive capital city, home to a third of Iceland’s population.
Icelanders hold their writers and poets in the same regard as the heroes of their mythic past and have a deep-rooted love of literature. It is said every Icelander has a story up their sleeve: in this anthology we have gathered ten short stories by ten Icelandic authors which capture this vibrant, modern city that is brimming with creative energy, and unearth the cosmopolitan metropolis hiding in the guise of a small town.
Includes a foreword written by award-winning Icelandic author Sjón.
Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb, Philip Roughton, Lytton Smith, Meg Matich and Larissa Kyzer.
Published with the support of the Icelandic Literature Center.
Born and bred in South London – and not the Somerset village with which he shares a name – West Camel worked as an editor in higher education and business before turning his attention to the arts and publishing.
He has worked as a book and art journalist, and was editor at Dalky Archives Press, where he edited the Best European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press Orenda Books just after its launch.
He currently combines his work as editorial director at Orenda with ediditing The Riveter Magazine and # RivetingReviews for the European Literature Network. He has also written several short scripts, which have been produced in London’s fringe theatres, and was longlisted for the Old Vic’s 12 playwrights project.
His debut novel, Attend was published in 2018. and was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and longlisted for the Waverton Good Reads Award. His second novel, Fall will be published in December 2021.
About the authors speaking this evening:
Fríða Ísberg (b. 1992) is “one of the most remarkable writers of a new generation”, according to the judging panel of the Nordic Council Literature Prize. Her short story collection, Itch, was nominated for the prize in 2020, as well as The Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize and won The Icelandic Booksellers’ Prize. Her work has been translated into five languages and has appeared in various publications abroad as well as at home. She occasionally writes reviews for The Times Literary Supplement. Ísberg is also a member of the poetry collective Impostor Poets and has published three books of poetry with the collective.
Björn Halldórsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1983. He studied English and American Literature at the University of East-Anglia in Norwich and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. His short stories have been published by literary journals in Iceland and the UK and have also appeared in translation in English, German, Italian and Hebrew. His first book, a short story collection titled Smáglæpir (Misdemeanours), was published in 2017, and his second book, Stol (Route 1), a novel, was published in early 2021. He lives in Reykjavík with his wife.
Agust Borgthor Sverrisson (born 1962) has been a prolific short story writer for decades. He has published six volumes of short stories and three novels. Most of Sverrisson’s fiction is set in Reykjavik of modern and past times. Agust Borgthor works as a reporter and news director of DV, one of Iceland´s main media outlets. He writes fiction in his spare time. His latest book is the short story collection Afleiðingar (Consequences), published in 2017.
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Postage will be made after the event.
£5.00 general admission
£13.00 includes book.