'Kari Gislason has been a Lecturer in Creative Writing & Literary Studies in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. He has previously taught in Writing and Literary Studies at the University of Queensland, the University of Iceland, and Bond University, as well as at senior secondary colleges. His PhD, a study of authorship in medieval Iceland, was completed at the University of Queensland in 2003, and was included on the UQ Dean's Commendation List for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses. He has also worked in a research capacity on projects that investigated the teaching of Shakespeare in Australian universities, environmental law, and practices of translation and language training. He has published internationally on a range of topics in Old Norse-Icelandic studies, as well as creative writing pieces in the local and national press, and in Australian literary journals. He has delivered numerous papers in the areas of authorship studies, narrative theory, and creative writing scholarship, and has been a member of the Practices of Literary Tourism Research Project looking into the role of literary tourism in Brisbane.' (Source : http://staffprofiles.ci.qut.edu.au/kari-gislason )
'A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.
'Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gíslason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages.These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown.
'Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery - a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.' (Publication summary)
'Growing up with his father in a small coastal town, all Ted knows about his mother is that she died when he was a boy. His father has brought them halfway across the world to start anew, but her absence defines and haunts their lives.
'When Ted meets Anthony and Claire, an intense friendship begins, carrying them to Sydney and university. They introduce him to poetry and art, and he feels a sense of belonging at last. But as the trio’s friendship deepens over the years, Ted must learn to negotiate the boundaries of love, and come to terms with a legacy of secrets and silence.
'Written with extraordinary grace and sensitivity, The Ash Burner explores beauty and desire, grief and loss, and the search for one’s true self.' (Publication summary)
The Promise of Iceland2011single work autobiography 'In 1990, at the age of seventeen, Kári Gíslason travelled to Iceland, the land of his birth, and arranged to meet his father. What he found was not what he expected.
Born from a secret liaison between a British mother and an Icelandic father, Kári moved regularly between Iceland, England and Australia. He grew up aware of who his father was, but understood his mother had promised never to reveal his father's identity. It was a promise his father was to also elicit from him when they met.
A decade later, Kári made the decision to break the promise and he contacted his half-siblings, who knew nothing of his existence. What led him there and what followed makes for a heartfelt and riveting journey over landscapes, time and memory, searching for a sense of belonging.
'Their love meant it would always be just me and my mother, a lone parent with a lone child . . . supported with a lone child . . . supported by the promise made to Gíshli, and the promise of Iceland that it offered.'' (Publisher's blurb)