Viking Sagas

29th May 2014 19:00
British Museum
Great Russell Street, London
Poet in the City presents an event exploring the rich and fascinating history of the Icelandic Sagas.

As inspiration for countless works of art and as an ongoing source of imaginative fuel for contemporary poets and poetry, the sagas remain one of the richest recourses in literary history.

As part of the British Museum’s BP Exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend, this special event provided a rich and imaginative context from which to consider the Icelandic Sagas.

It was a chance to experience these iconic poems performed live in the heart of the  British Museum, while upstairs a longboat sat among the armour and riches of the Vikings themselves. Celebrated Icelandic poet and author Gerdur Kristny was joined by experts in Viking literature and heritage.

Gerdur Kristny won the Icelandic Literature Awards 2010 for her book of poetry Blóðhófnir (Bloodhoof) which is based on an ancient Nordic myth. Gerdur has published collections of poetry and short stories, novels, books for children and a biography, for which she received The Icelandic Journalism Award in 2005. Gerdur’s play, The Dancing at Bessastadir, based on two of her children’s books, premiered in the Icelandic National Theatre in
Reykjavik in February 2011.

Dr Emily Letherbridge holds a PhD in Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature from the University of Cambridge. She is currently a post-doctoralresearcher at the University of Iceland. She is writing a book on the Icelandic sagas, due to be published by Crymogea in 2015.

Gareth Williams is curator at the British Museum responsibility for British and European coinage, about AD 500 to about 1180. Within this area he specialises in Anglo-Saxon and Viking coinage. His wider research includes  the history of the British Isles and Scandinavia in the early Middle Ages, and
the history and archaeology of the Vikings.

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