Reykjavik – 2009

The international spotlight was on writers and poets Dionne Brand, Robert Bringhurst, Jeramy Dodds, Carolyn Forché, Don McKay, A.F. Moritz, Michael Ondaatje, Robin Robertson, and David Young, all of whom joined Scott and Krystyne Griffin in Reykjavik, Iceland September 6-12, 2009 to participate in the Reykjavik International Literary Festival.

Saturday, September 12 was the festival’s Poetry Day, with a full afternoon devoted to readings and talks presented by participating Griffin Poetry Prize poets and trustees. Carolyn Forché and Don McKay delivered stirring speeches on the theme of “Why Poetry?”

The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry is saddened to learn of the passing of Fair Isle singer-songwriter, musician and poet Lise Sinclair. We had the pleasure of meeting Lise and learning more about her rare talents when the Griffin Trust and friends visited the Reykjavik International Literary Festival in September, 2009. The Scottish Poetry Library pays splendid tribute to her here.

Griffin Poetry Prize in Reykjavik 2009 Photo Gallery

Hjalti Snaer Ægisson
Stella Soffía Jóhannesdóttir
Junot Díaz
Luis López Nieves
Bergtóra Hanusadóttir
Jóhann Hjálmarsson
Steinar Bragi
Kristin Steinsdóttir, Kader Abdolah
Thor Vilhjálmsson
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Auður Ava Olafsdóttir
Gyrðir Elíasson
David Sedaris
Michael Ondaatje
Thor Vilhjálmsson
A.F. Moritz
Carolyn Forche
Gintaras Grajauskas
Thor Vilhjálmsson, Sigurður G. Valgeirsson
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Carolyn Forché
Michael Ondaatje, David Young
Robin Robertson, Carolyn Forché
Robin Robertson
Dionne Brand
Henning Ahrens
Jesse Ball
Scott Griffin
Robert Bringhurst
Dionne Brand
Jeramy Dodds, Brecken Hancock
Marlene Creates, Don McKay, Dionne Brand
Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje
Jesse Ball
Jesse Ball
Henning Ahrens
Sjón
Jesse Ball, A.F. Moritz
Michael Ondaatje
Ruth Smith
Carolyn Forché, Lise Sinclair
David Young
Hjalti Snaer Ægisson, Don McKay
Krystyne Griffin, Scott Griffin, Ruth Smith
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Photo credits: Courtesy of the Reykjavik International Literary Festival

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