Þórunn Valdimarsdóttir was born in Hafnarfjörður on the 25th of August, 1954. She graduated from highschool in 1973, and studied history at the University of Lund in Sweden from 1973-74 and in Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato, Mexico from 1977-78. She completed a B.A. degree in history and English at the University of Iceland in 1979 and a Cand. mag. degree in history in 1993, also from the University of Iceland.
Þórunn was a teacher at the Reykjar-school in Hrútafjörður 1979-1080, and at the Reykjavík Secondary Grammar School (MR) in 1984, but since then she has been a full time writer. She was on the board of the Association of Scholars of Icelandic Culture in 1989-1991, and The Historical Society in 1990-1991. Þórunn has written a number of articles in newspapers, magazines and periodicals. She has arranged programs for radio and television. She scripted a docudrama about independance fighter Jón Sigurðsson that premiered on The National Television to mark the 50 years anniversary of the Icelandic Republic in 1994.
Þórunn has published poetry, novels and a book for children and teenagers. She has written plays, biographies and historical works. Her first novel, Höfuðskepnur (Elements), appeared in 1994. The novel Alveg nóg (Enough) was nominated for the DV Cultural Prize in 1997 and Stúlka með fingur (Girl With a Finger) received that award in 1999, and was nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 2001.
Þórunn Valdimarsdóttir lives in Reykjavík. She is married to historian Eggert Þór Bernharðsson and they have two sons.
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