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Gíslason, Kári

Kári Gíslason is a memoirist, travel writer and creative writing teacher. He has taught English Literature and Writing at the University of Iceland, the University of Queensland, and Bond University, and currently lectures in Creative Writing and Literary Studies at QUT. In 2010, he received a Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at QUT. He has also been a judge for the Steele Rudd Short Story Collection prize.

His first book, 
The Promise of Iceland (UQP, 2011), told the story of his secret Icelandic family history and his journey to know his father. His second book, The Ash Burner (UQP, 2015), is his first novel.

Kári has published travel articles and essays in literary journals and in the mainstream press. 
As part of his teaching approach he maintains a blog about travel and writing:

Kári lives in Brisbane with his wife Olanda and their two children, Finnur and Magnús.<#InMedia#><#AuthorVideo#><#AuthorWebsite#><#AuthorTwitter#><#AuthorFaceBook#>
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The Ash Burner

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The Ash Burner explores beauty and desire, grief and loss, and the search for one’s true self.


The Promise of Iceland

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Born from a secret liaison between a British mother and an Icelandic father, Kári Gíslason was the subject of a promise – a promise elicited from his father to not reveal his identity. The Icelandic city of Reykjavík, where Kári was born, was also home to his father and his father’s wife and four children – none of whom knew of Kári’s existence. In 1990, Kári Gíslason travelled to Iceland to meet his father for the first time. What he finds is not what he expected.