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Gerður Kristný


Gerdur Kristný was born on June 10, 1970 and brought up in Reykjavík. She graduated in French and comparative literature from the University of Iceland in 1992. Her B.A. dissertation was on Baudelaire's Les fleurs du mal. After a course in media studies at the University of Iceland from 1992-1993 she trained at Denmark's Radio TV. She was editor of the magazine Mannlíf from 1998 - 2004, but is now a full time writer.

Gerður Kristný has published poetry books, short stories, novels and books for children, as well as a book about the Westman Islands Festival in 2002 and the biography Myndin af pabba - saga Thelmu (A Portrait of Dad - Thelma's Story). This true story of Thelma and her sisters growing up in the 60's and 70's with their sexually abusive father shocked readers in Iceland and Gerður received The Icelandic Journalism Award in 2005 for the book.

Other awards for her work include The Children's Choice Book Prize in 2003 for her book Marta Smarta (Smart Marta), The Halldór Laxness Literary Award in 2004 for her novel Bátur með segli og allt (A Boat With a Sail and All) and The West-Nordic Children's Literature Prize in 2010 for the novel Garðurinn (The Garden). Gerður's collection of poetry, Höggstaður (Soft Spot) was nominated for The Icelandic Literature Prize in 2007 and she then won the prize in 2010 for her poetry book Blóðhófnir (Blood Hoof), which is based on the myth about Freyr and the poet's namesake Gerður Gymisdóttir from the Eddic poem Skírnismál. In 2021 Gerður Kristný won the Women's Literary Award, Fjöruverðlaunin, for her children's book Iðunn og afi pönk.

Gerður Kristný's poetry and short stories have been included in school textbooks at the elementary- and secondary level, as well as in anthologies and periodicals published in Iceland and abroad. The biography Myndin af pabba was published in Sweden in 2008 as Bilden av pabba and some of her poetry has been translated as well, to English and other languages.