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Kári Gíslason Kári Gíslason i(A130816 works by)
Born: Established: 1972 Reykjavik,
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
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Academic, novelist, and author of non-fiction.

Karí Gíslason has been a Lecturer in Creative Writing & Literary Studies in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT, and has 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.

His research work has included projects on the teaching of Shakespeare in Australian universities, environmental law, and practices of translation and language training. He has been a member of the Practices of Literary Tourism Research Project looking into the role of literary tourism in Brisbane.

He has published and presented academic work on a range of topics in Old Norse-Icelandic studies, as well as authorship studies, narrative theory, and creative writing scholarship.

In 2011, Gíslason published an autobiography exploring his Icelandic heritage: it was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards (People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year). In 2015, he published his first novel, The Ash Burner, a coming-of-age story in a small coastal town: like The Promise of Iceland, it was shortlisted for the People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award.

In 2017, Gíslason published Saga Land, co-authored with Richard Fidler: part travelogue, part family mystery, and part appreciation of the Icelandic sagas, the book follows the two men across Iceland.

As of 2018, he is an Associate Professor in the School of Creative Practice at QUT.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Saga Land Sydney : ABC Books , 2017 12035241 2017 selected work prose

'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)

2019 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2018 shortlisted Australian Booksellers Association Awards Booksellers Choice Award
2018 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Non Fiction Book
2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
2018 winner Indie Awards Nonfiction
y separately published work icon The Ash Burner St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2015 8282329 2015 single work novel

'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)

2015 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
y separately published work icon The Promise of Iceland St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2011 Z1788709 2011 single 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)

2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
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