Eiríkur Örn NORÐDAHL


Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl (1978) is an Icelandic poet and novelist. For his novel Illska (Evil, 2012) he was awarded The Icelandic Literary Prize and The Book Merchant’s Prize, as well as being nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literary Award. In 2012 he was poet-in-residence at the Library of Water in Stykkishólmur and in 2013 he was chosen artist of the year in Ísafjörður.

Since his debut in 2002 he has published six books of poems, most recently Hnefi eða vitstola orð (Fist or words bereft of sense, 2013), four novels and two collections of essays. Eiríkur is also active in sound and performance poetry, visual poetry, poetry film and various conceptual poetry projects.

Eiríkur has translated over a dozen books into Icelandic, including a selection of Allen Ginsberg’s poetry and Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn, but most recently Ida Linde’s Maskinflickans Testamente. He lives in Ísafjörður, Iceland, a rock in the middle of the ocean, and spends much of his time in Västerås, Sweden, a town by a lake.






  • Commission européenne
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  • Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • Balassi Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of Hungary in Brussels
  • South-Moravia Region Office in Brussels
  • Embassy of Iceland | Icelandic Mission to the EU
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the European Union
  • Mission of the Faroes to the EU
  • Fins Cultureel Instituut | Institut Culturel Finlandais
  • Austrian Cultural Forum
  • Estonian Presidency of the EU
  • Polish Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Brussels
  • Instituto Cervantes de Bruselas
  • Camões Instituto de Cooperação e Língua Portugal
  • Czech Centre Brussels
  • Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union
  • Ambassade du Luxembourg à Bruxelles
  • Etxepare Euskal Institutua
  • Yunus Emre Institute