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Saga Land

By Kári Gíslason and Richard Fidler

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Following a sold-out season in 2016, author Kári Gíslason and broadcaster Richard Fidler return to Brisbane Powerhouse to celebrate their much-anticipated book on Iceland.

Join them for an evening of dazzling stories, sounds, and images featuring a gripping blend of family mystery alongside beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set in the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

The sagas, true tales of the lives of the early Viking settlers are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown. Together, Richard and Kári travel across Iceland, through fields and forests, across streams and fjords, to tell these powerful, seductive tales in the places where they unfolded.

And… to find out the truth behind a tantalising connection between Kári and the greatest of the saga authors.

Writers+Ideas is supported by O’Neill Architecture and RPS


Wise and unassuming, humorous and remarkably affecting all at the same time, The Promise of Iceland is an enchanting reflection of a fascinating life and a profound exploration of the human condition.

Krysi Egan Stilts

We already know Fidler is an interviewer of great empathy, now we know he mirrors that skill on the page, too.

Andrew McMillan The Australian

More Info

Richard Fidler presents ‘Conversations with Richard Fidler’, an in-depth, up-close-and-personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio. It’s one of the most popular podcasts in Australia, with over three million downloaded programs every month. The author of the bestselling book Ghost Empire, Richard lives in Brisbane with his wife and children.

Kári Gíslason is a writer and academic who lectures in Creative Writing at QUT. Kári was awarded a doctorate in 2003 for his thesis on medieval Icelandic literature. He is the author of The Promise of Iceland and The Ash Burner. As well as memoir and fiction, he also publishes scholarly articles, travel writing and reviews. Kári lives in Brisbane with his wife and children.

About the Venue

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See an exhibition
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Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.