From Iceland with the Spanish flu

Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, also known as Sjón, had his literary debut at the age of 16 and has written song lyrics for Bjørk. He has published a number of poetry collections and novels and, in 2005, he won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize for the novel The Blue Fox (Skugga Baldur). His most recent book, Moonstone the Boy Who Never Was (Mánasteinn – drengurinn sem aldrei var til), deals with the Spanish flu epedemic  in Iceland, in 1918. Sjón is the president of Icelandic PEN and is responsible for this year’s contribution to the art project Future Library. Meet him in conversation with the journalist Rob Young!

When:Thursday 1. June at 16:00
Price:120 kr
Info:The conversation will be in English



Sjón, who’s real name is Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, lives in Island. Since his debut as a teenager he has recieved several national and international awards for his authorship, amongst them the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize for his novel The Blue Fox (the nordic countries’ equivalent of the Man Booker Prize). The novel From The Mouth Of The Whale was shortlisted for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He has written lyrics for Björk More >

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