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Illustrated Folk Stories on Display at Reykjavík Library

By Iceland Review

An exhibition of illustrated folk stories is currently running in the main building of Reykjavík City Library on Tryggvagata 15. It opened on Monday and will continue throughout this weekend. The library is open from 1 to 5 pm on weekends.


The exhibition is the result of a course in literary illustration held by Idan Education Center for members of the Association of Bookmakers. Illustrator Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir led the course where each attendee chose a folk story to illustrate, a press release describes.

Four folk stories were chosen: Skrúdsbóndinn og prestsdóttirin (“The Farmer from Skrúdur and the Vicar’s Daughter”), illustrated by Audur Björnsdóttir, Dansinn í Hruna (“The Dance at Hruni”), illustrated by Frída Blöndal, Maladu hvorki malt né salt (“Neither Mill Malt Nor Salt”), illustrated by Gunnar Steinthórsson, and Presturinn og djákninn (“The Priest and the Deacon”).

In other library news, the project “Living Library” will take place at the library in Gerduberg in Reykjavík’s Breidholt district today between 2 and 4 pm, where visitors can borrow a living, talking book for their enlightenment and entertainment.

The project’s purpose is to counteract prejudice. Each book represents a different group of the community, minorities that often face prejudice or social isolation.

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