The Saga of Friendship: Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason on the Better Reading Podcast

The Saga of Friendship: Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason on the Better Reading Podcast

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Cheryl Akle talks with Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason about their recently published book, ‘Saga Land’. They talk about the food, culture, and history of Iceland; what makes it funny and unique; and how their travels around Iceland fed their friendship.

Podcast Guest: Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason

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

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.

Duration: 30 mins.

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                      Publisher details

                      Saga Land
                      Authors
                      Kári Gíslason, Richard Fidler
                      Publisher
                      ABC Books
                      Genres
                      Biography and Memoir, History
                      Released
                      23 October, 2017
                      ISBN
                      9780733338236

                      Synopsis

                      A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gíslason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages. These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown.Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery - a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.About the AuthorsRichard Fidler presents CONVERSATIONS WITH RICHARD FIDLER, an in-depth, up close and personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio. He's interviewed prime ministers, astronauts, writers and scientists, but the program often features remarkable people who are unknown to the wider world. The program is the most popular podcast in Australia, with over a million downloaded programs every month. Richard is the author of the best-selling book Ghost Empire.Kári Gíslason is a memoirist, travel writer and creative writing teacher who lectures in creative writing and literary studies at QUT. He is the author of The Promise of Iceland and The Ash Burner.
                      Kári Gíslason
                      About the author

                      Kári Gíslason

                      Kári Gíslason is a memoirist, travel writer and creative writing teacher who lectures in creative writing and literary studies at QUT. He is the author of The Promise of Iceland and The Ash Burner.

                      Books by Kári Gíslason

                      Richard Fidler
                      About the author

                      Richard Fidler

                      Richard Fidler is a well-known Australian ABC radio presenter, best known for his hour-long interview program, Conversations with Richard Fidler.

                      Books by Richard Fidler

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