Wednesday 1 September 2010 at 20:00 Dronningesalen

International Author’s Stage

Sjón is the pen name of the Icelandic author and poet Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson (born 1962). His pen name is formed from his given name (Sigurjón), and means 'Sight'.

As a poet Sjón published his first volume of poetry, Sýnir (Visions, 1978), when he was 16 years old and has since published numerous books of poetry, prose, plays and a children's novel.

His first novel Stálnótt (‘Night of Steel’) was published in 1987. Sjón was awarded The Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 2005 for novel Skugga-Baldur (2003, The Blue Fox), an Icelandic folk tale. The same year Argóarflísin (The Whispering Muse) was elected the best Icelandic novel of the year. 

Sjón is well known as an underground poet in Iceland, and in addition to literature he has participated in art exhibitions, musical events and films of all kinds.

Sjón was a founding member of the surrealist group, Medusa, in the 1980’s. He has written song lyrics for Björk , and in 2001 he was nominated for an Academy Award for the music from the film Dancer in the Dark, directed by Lars Von Trier. Furthermore Sjón has written the preface to Valerie Solonas’ rabid SCUM Manifest (Da. 2010).

The way in which Sjón employs international culture, myth, literature, and popular culture is unique. His narratives are light and humorous and both his novels and poems combine the natural with the supernatural.

Sjón visits the Black Diamond at the same time as his new novel, Tusmørkeundere (2008), is being published in Denmark in this August.

In conversation with Erik Skyum-Nielsen.


Standard  DKK 110
Student DKK 60
Diamond Club DKK 70

Advance sales at the Black Diamond's reception, at  Billetlugen and Fona stores.

The event takes place in English.
Duration aprox. 1½ hour

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Read A.S. Byatt's review of The Blue Fox in The Times