Saga Land - with Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason
A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful & bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.
Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kári 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 Kári 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 Kári's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.
Following a sold-out season in 2016, author Kári Gíslason and broadcaster Richard Fidler return to Brisbane Powerhouse to discuss 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.
Join Richard as he talks with Four Corners' Sarah Ferguson about his tale of emperors and empresses, crusader knights, floating nuns, mechanical trees, Vikings, Huns, Goths and Khazars, and how he answered endless questions from his history-obsessed son Joe.
The Canberra Writers Festival draws out the unique qualities and values of a city with a strong affinity for writing and reading and builds a strong connection to the community.
Canberra has many vibrant and venerable national institutions especially those devoted to ideas and writing and an educated and creative population.
The Festival will bring together local literary, academic, business, media and political communities along with major cultural institutions.
The theme of the Festival is Power, Passion, Politics, reflecting the city's love affair with learning, knowledge and leadership. There’s a mixture of free and ticketed events as well as events for young and old.
Sincerest Form of Flattery is a show like no other. Some of the Festival’s most daring guests find themselves standing on the shoulders of giants (and then metaphorically riding those giants on a comedy-rampage, destroying entire villages in their wake). Each guest is tasked with writing and performing a piece in the style of a literary great. Hosted by Ben Jenkins, this event unfolds like a literary covers night, starring Mark Di Stefano, Richard Fidler, Rebecca Shaw and Jeff Sparrow.
You’ve heard him on the radio, seen him in the Doug Anthony All Stars, and his Conversations podcast is the most downloaded show in Australia. Now Richard Fidler has published his first book, Ghost Empire, which tells the story of a journey with his son through Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire. Richard brings his empathy and insight to this beautifully written tale of a clash of civilisations and the bonds of a father and son. The consummate interviewer is interviewed by ABC’s Ellen Fanning.