Gunnhildur Hrólfsdóttir

Gunnhildur Hrólfsdóttir was born on November 1, 1947 in the Westman Islands. Soon after finishing her middle school education she started working at a child care center. She lost her home in the Vestman Island volcanic eruption in 1973 and moved to Reykjavík where she has lived since then.

Gunnhildur has for the most part written books for children and young people, both novels and plays. She received first prize for the story "Undir regnboganum" (Under the Rainbow) in a competition held by Ríkisútgáfa námsbóka in 1979; the Icelandic educational publishing company. The book was published a year later and has been used in Icelandic schools since. The romance, Vil, vil ekki (Want – Don't Want) was published in 1986. Her story "Gulllykillinn" (The Golden Key) is one of the stories in the collection Ormagull (Worm Gold), a collection of short stories for children, based on Icelandic folklore. Gunnhildur received the Icelandic Children's Literture Prize in 2001 for the book Sjáumst aftur… (See You Again…). She has written articles for the magazines Vera and 19. júní, both of which focus on feminist issues. Gunnhildur has also done radio programs about the Westman Islands, been active in the Writer's Union and edited the paper Börn og bækur (Children and Books), published by IBBY in Iceland (International Board on Books for Young People).

Gunnhildur lives with her husband in Reykjavík.

Publisher: Mál og menning.


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