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Sjón in conversation with London Student PEN

7 June 2016, 7:00 pm8:30 pm


The Icelandic poet, lyricist and novelist Sjón will visit UCL to talk about his new book as well as his work as President of Icelandic PEN.

In Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was (Sceptre Books), Sjón once again takes his readers on a mind-bending miniature historical epic, this time through the life of a 16-year-old boy living in Reykjavík in 1918. The book explores questions of queerness and sexuality on the fringes of a society in profound transformation, itself on the very extremity of the world.

Sjón, together with the book’s translator Victoria Cribb, will be interviewed by Alice Olsson, a representative from UCL PEN, part of the London Student PEN Network. After the interview, there will be a reading and an audience Q&A. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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About Sjón

Sjón’s literary works have been translated into more than 30 languages and have received a number of awards, including the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize, the 2013 Icelandic Literary Prize, and nominations to the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Sjón is also known for his collaborations with Icelandic singer Björk; he was co-nominated for an Oscar for his work on the soundtrack to Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark. He has also written three operas.

About Student PEN

Since 2012, student branches of the writers’ association English PEN have sprung up on university campuses all over the country. The London Student PEN Network brings together students, academics and writers working for the human right to freedom of expression, and for the free movement of ideas and literature – in London and beyond. This event is brought to you by the student PEN centres at University College London, Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway. Find out more here.


Alice Olsson, UCL Student PEN
alice.olsson.15 [at] ucl.ac.uk