Kári Gíslason is a writer and an academic who lectures in Creative Writing at QUT. Kári was awarded a doctorate in 2003 for his thesis on medieval Icelandic literature. His first book, The Promise of Iceland, told the story of return journeys he's made to his birthplace. His second book was the novel The Ash Burner. He is also the co-author, with Richard Fidler, of Saga Land: The island of stories at the edge of the world, which won the Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2018. His fourth book, The Sorrow Stone, is an historical novel that reimagines the life of one of the most famous women of the medieval Icelandic sagas.