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International & Multilingual Area => Outside the USA => Topic started by: jgm on April 02, 2015, 01:26 AM

Title: Iceland, anyone?
Post by: jgm on April 02, 2015, 01:26 AM
I'm an American now living in Northern Iceland.  Just wondering if there are any other SCBWI-ers in the land of fire and ice!
Title: Re: Iceland, anyone?
Post by: dewsanddamps on April 02, 2015, 07:07 AM
 Hi, jgm! :welcome2  I'm no place close to Iceland--just wanted to say hi.

May I ask what took you there?
Title: Re: Iceland, anyone?
Post by: Pons on April 02, 2015, 08:18 AM
Welcome, welcome! The blueboards are great!

I'm interested in why you're in Iceland, too. It is a place that has always intrigued me, but northern Iceland must be pretty isolated and rugged. Fire and Ice is right.
Title: Re: Iceland, anyone?
Post by: TH on April 02, 2015, 10:55 AM
Hi, jgm! And welcome. I'm in NY but had a chance to visit Reykjavik last year. Unfortunately I was just traveling through in August. I would LOVE to go back for a longer period (to see the Northern Lights!)

Aren't there more authors per capita in Iceland than anywhere else in the world? Like Dews and Pons, looking forward to getting to know you and hear more about your writing!

Title: Re: Iceland, anyone?
Post by: jgm on April 04, 2015, 10:22 AM
Thanks for the responses everyone!  I went to Iceland for a two week international workcamp several years ago, and met a very nice carpenter/sheepfarmer so we are now married and I am living here with my husband and our 6 month old daughter!  All is good, and I am able to skype with my writing group back in Oregon, but it would be fun to meet a few children's authors here.  I know there are lots of writers in Iceland, but I haven't heard of any writers' groups or organizations yet.  At least not in the north.  Of course, it might help if I could learn more Icelandic!
Title: Re: Iceland, anyone?
Post by: lawrence-schimel on November 04, 2017, 10:34 AM
I was a guest at the Myrin International Children's Literature Festival in Reykjavik last year. (One of my picture books was published in Icelandic, under the title SILVIA OG DREKKIN, in 2007.)

The festival is held every other year, so there should be another one in 2018. You might want to keep an eye on their website or write to see if they know any more details, so you can plan to attend. (It's free to attend.)

Title: Re: Iceland, anyone?
Post by: hairaplenty on November 11, 2017, 05:39 AM
Lawrence, thanks for this info.
I've heard if you are from the states traveling to Europe, you can use your plane fare and stay for a week free in Iceland. Not free lodging, of course, but the airfare will be the same.  Have you heard of this? This sounds like a good incentive to enjoy some time in this country.
Title: Re: Iceland, anyone?
Post by: jenny-moore on December 17, 2017, 02:00 AM
Yes, thank you Lawrence for the link.  I had not heard a word about this elsewhere.  Good to know there is a children's literature festival in Iceland, and I will definitely have to try to get to it next fall!