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Reykjavík Celebrates Second Reading Festival

To mark Reykjavík’s nomination as a UNESCO City of Literature, the capital’s second Reading Festival (Lestrarhátíð) opened on October 1. Modeled on festivals held in UNESCO Cities of Literature Dublin and Edinburgh.

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Last year the city’s residents were encouraged to read and discuss the novella Vögguvísa by Elías Mar. First published in 1950, it features the lives of outcast teenagers in Reykjavík in the post-war years and is considered to be one of the first Reykjavík stories, as stated on

However, this year the theme is ‘poetry in motion.’ A new poetry book was published for the occasion, containing poems by both established and up-and-coming poets.

Running through October, many events will be held as part of the festival, including readings, concerts and exhibition.

On the occasion of the festival, soup from the restaurant Kryddlegin hjörtu will be available at ISK 1,290 (USD 10.7, EUR 7.9) accompanied by poetry reading at Reykjavík City Library on Tryggvagata 15 every Thursday from October 3 to November 7 between 12 and 1 pm.

Read more about the festival here.


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