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Þórdís Gísladóttir


Þórdís Gísladóttir, writer and translator, was born in 1965 and grew up in Hafnarfjörður. She completed a BA degree in Icelandic from the University of Iceland, pursued a MA in Literature and completed a Phil.lic degree in Nordic Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden where the final project was a bilingual study. In addition to writing, Þórdís has worked as a literary critic, taught and delivered lectures at schools in Iceland and abroad, written articles for magazines, made radio programs for RÚV, been a columnist for the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen, and worked as a web editor for the Nordic Council magazine Children and Culture.

Þórdís writes for children and adults. She has written textbooks and books for young adults in collaboration with Hildur Knútsdóttir. Furthermore, she has translated numerous books and plays, mostly from Swedish. Her first book of poetry, Other people's secrets (Leyndarmál annarra), received the Literature Prize of Tómas Guðmundsson in 2010. She has published poems and short stories in literature collections.

Þórdís received The Women’s Literature Prize (Fjöruverðlaunin) for the children's book Randalín og Mundi (2012).