ABC’s Richard Fidler and author Kári Gíslason are good friends connected by an unusual bond: a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland. Saga Land is the account of their journey across the island nation to uncover the true stories of the first Viking families who settled there in the Middle Ages, as well as Kári’s own quest to resolve a longstanding family mystery. The two appear in conversation with Tony Birch to discuss their travels and the folklore of a starkly beautiful country.

Richard Fidler (Australian)

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Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire, and the co-author of Saga Land with Kári Gíslason, which tells the story of their journey into the sagas of Iceland: the true stories of the first Viking families who settled there in the Middle Ages. Richard is the presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio. The program attracts a large listening audience around the nation, and is the most popular podcast in Australia.

Kári Gíslason (Australian)

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Kari Gíslason is a writer and academic who lectures in Creative Writing at QUT. Kari 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, and co-author with Richard Fidler of Saga Land: The Island of Stories at the Edge of the World. As well as memoir and fiction, he also publishes scholarly articles, travel writing and reviews.

Tony Birch (Australian)

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Tony Birch is the author of two novels and four short story collections. His debut novel, Blood, was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin literary award, and his 2015 novel, Ghost River was shortlisted for several major literary awards and was the winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary prize for Indigenous fiction in 2016. In 2017 Tony was also awarded the Patrick White Prize for Literature. Common People is his latest book.