Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir
Award-winning writer (not yet confirmed for 2021)
Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir is a writer and a journalist. She has a past in TV and radio journalism, but from 1997 she has been devoted to literature with nearly 30 novels, for children and young adults, as well as short stories, radio and stages plays, TV and film scripts. Kristín Helga has taught creative writing at the Art University of Iceland and family literature at the University of Iceland.
Her work has received multiple awards and nominations, amongst them: The Children’s Book Award of Reykjavík, The Icelandic Women’s Literature Award, The Children Literature Prize of the West Nordic Council, The Story Stone of IBBY and The Book Award of Children in Iceland. Kristín’s novel on refugees from Syria, Be Invisible (published in 2017) was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Award for children and young adults. Kristín has also occasionally been nominated on Iceland’s behalf for ALMA, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
Kristín Helga was chairman of The Writers Union of Iceland and on the board of the union for years. Her focus is on family literature, on telling stories that unite and create bridges between generations – provoke and produce conversations on matters at hand, be they big or small. The mirror of the storyteller creates a common ground of understanding and growing.
Workshops: Motive, purpose and tools and The free and independent story