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Hilmar Örn Óskarsson


Hilmar Örn Óskarsson was born on June 14, 1975 in Reykjavík. He grew up in Breiðholt-suburbia and went to school at Breiðholtsskóli, and then FB, The Breiðholt Secondary School. He completed a B.A. degree in comparative literature at The University of Iceland in 2008 – having started his studies in 1997 and is thus an excellent example of how people should not take a ‚short break‘ before finishing the final dissertation.

Hilmar has worked in diverse places : in a soda-factory, at a gas station, in preschool, as a security guard, in a post office and as a Taekwondo trainer.

In addition to writing for children and young adults, Hilmar has published short stories and won the second and third seat in Gaddakylfan - a crime story competition. He has translated some books for children, hosted workshops for writing and is an honorary member of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) for his translation of The Tapper Twins Go to War.

These days he does the bookkeeping and various other jobs for MS Ármann skipamiðlun, Shipping & Marine Supplier, while also trying to keep up with his Taekwondo training.

And then of course there is the writing.