Reykjavik Reads 2015

The cover of the book Stories for everyone

Stories for everyone

The 2015 Reykjavik Reads Festival was dedicated to the voices of women. A special focus was on the works of the writer Svava Jakobsdóttir (1930-2004), who would have turned 85 on October 4th that year. During the festival, she was accompanied by multiple voices of women in Icelandic literature past and present.

The festival carried the title of Svava Jakobsdóttir short story collection, Sögur handa öllum (Stories for Everyone). This is a collection of three of Svava‘s books of short stories, published by Forlagið Publishing on the occasion of the festival.

Svava is one of Iceland’s leading contemporary authors and her short stories, often depicting the lives of women, hold a special place in Icelandic literature. Her first work of fiction was the short story collection Tólf konur (Twelve Women), published in 1965. She wrote short stories, novels and plays for theatre, radio and television. She also wrote a number of longer and shorter articles for magazines and newspapers, and produced radio programs. Her works have been translated into many languages, and her plays have also been staged abroad. Many of her best known stories appear in Englihs translations in the book The Lodger and Other Stories, published in 2000. Svava lectured and presented her own work for various foreign accociations, as well as literature departments at the universities of Bergen in 1979, Oslo in 1979 and 1988, London in 1984, Freiburg in 1987 and Amsterdam, 1988.

Read more about Svava Jakobsdóttir and her work here.

People were also encouraged to write a note or a short-short story to a woman during the festival, on postcards that the Reykjavík City of Literature had made and distributed free of charge throughout the city.