Þórdís Björnsdóttir

Þórdís Björnsdóttir was born in Reykjavík on August 7, 1978. She finished her secondary education in Reykjavík in 1999 and went on to study comparative literature at The University of Iceland, graduating in 2005. She is currently studying for a Master's degree in the same field at the same school. Þórdís was an exchange student in Montpellier in France during the schoolyear of 2005 - 2006.

Þórdís published her first book of poetry, Ást og appelsínur (Love and Oranges) in 2004. The work was also staged in Akureyri, Iceland, in the same year, directed by Örn Ingi Gíslason. There, Þórdís recited the poem, and gymnists, actors, musicians and dancers also performed in the show.

A piece of music, written and performed by the musician Szymon Kuran to Ást og appelsínur will be released in 2007.

Þórdís has written two books in cooperation with the American poet Jesse Ball, both published by Nyhil publishing house in 2006. One is called Og svo kom nóttin (And then came the night) with poems by Þórdís and pictures by Jesse Ball. The other one is Vera & Linus, written in English and published simultaneously in Iceland and the U.S.

Þórdís has also published numerous poems and one short story in newspapers and magazines, such as Morgunblaðið newspaper, The Reykjavik Grapevine, the literary magazine TMM and the magazine Skíma. She has taken part in various poetry festivals in Iceland and has also participated in reading series in New York. She was Iceland's representative at an international poetry workshop in Biskops Arnö in Sweden in 2005.

Þórdís Björnsdóttir lives in Reykjavík, Iceland. She has one daughter.


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