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Embassy of Iceland in Ottawa

My Nature and the North / Icelandic-Canadian Literature - Recording from Event

The event discussed the role of storytelling and literature in Canada and Iceland. How do we address a world of big issues, huge changes in the nature of the north and related challenges, how do we confront history and what untold stories might guide us into the future? How does literature address identity, diversity, languages, and emotions? Can literature lead the way or is it just another form of entertainment?

Event Recording



Welcome Remarks: Ambassador Hlynur GudjonssonEmbassy of Iceland, Ottawa

Icelandic-Canadian Literature

-Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir, University of Iceland, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages (10 min)

My Nature and the North

-Andri Snær Magnason, author, Iceland

-Dr. James Raffan, author, Canada

Panel discussion and Q&A

Moderator: Eliza Reid, First Lady of Iceland


-Andri Snær Magnason, author, Iceland

-Dr. James Raffan, author, Canada

-Elin Thordarsson, writer and translator, Canada

Closing Remarks: Ambassador Jeannette MenziesEmbassy of Canada, Reykjavík


The lecture series is a part of the 75 anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Iceland organized by the Embassy of Canada in Reykjavík and Embassy of Iceland in Ottawa in partnership with the Icelandic Literature Center and the University of Iceland-Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages.




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