Nes Writer’s Retreat – Presenters

Retreat to the North – A Skagaströnd Saga Writer’s Experience

21-30 March 2020

Presenter – Einar Kárason

Einar is an Icelandic author of novels, poetry, short stories, children’s books and memoirs. He is best known for his trilogy, published in English as Devil’s Island, which was adapted into a stage play and a film.

Einar studied literature at the University of Iceland, graduating in 1978 and has been a full-time writer ever since. He sat on the board of the Writer’s Union of Iceland from 1984 to 1986, was vice-chairman from 1986 to 1988 and chairman from 1988 to 1992. He has been one of the board members of the Reykjavík International Literary Festival since 1985.

He received the DV newspaper’s Literature Award in 1986, and has been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, and the Icelandic Literary Prize Einar has also written a book about the Sturlungar family clan and the Battle of Iceland.

Presenter Björg Árnadóttir

Writer Björg Árnadóttir is the owner and head teacher of Stílvopnið, which offers empowering and creative writing workshops, as well as writing consultation in Iceland and beyond.

Björg is an educated art teacher, journalist and education specialist. She graduated from Iceland Art Academy´s Visual Art Teaching Program in 1983. After moving to Sweden the same year, Björg began to teach vulnerable community groups. After finishing journalist studies in Sweden in 1989, Björg started her career as a writer, journalist and writing facilitator. Later she finished her educational master’s degree at the University of Iceland, and was manager of the Adult Education Centres in Iceland for a decade.

Björg gives workshops in fiction writing, memoir writing and opinion writing as well as in writing the Hero’s Journey. She has published several books and is a member of the Writer´s Union of Iceland.

Facilitator – Emma Gibson

Emma is an internationally produced playwright from Australia. She works as a professional writer, and has had poetry and short prose published in journals and anthologies. Emma graduated with a Masters in Creative Non-fiction specialising in Place Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently working on her first non-fiction book. She is a former NES artist who regularly returns to help out. She finds great inspiration at NES and Skagastrond and hopes you will too.

Emma will coordinate day-to-day aspects of the retreat and will also facilitate some place-based writing workshops in the natural landscape. She can also offer feedback sessions on your writing during the retreat.

Our Chef – Susan Herrmann

An internationally recognised journalist & chef, Susan Herrmann Loomis is an award winning author of thirteen books both food and literary, the most recent of which is French Grill (Countryman, 2018).

Susan will create for you, her version of Icelandic inspired meals using locally sourced food.

Nes Director – Vicki O’Shea

Vicki O’Shea is the co-director of Nes and will be your point of contact when you book your place, and will also be able to answer questions about logistics, including accommodation, transport and dietary requirements.

You will be sent more information on these aspects when you book.

Skagaströnd, Iceland