Jónína was born in Reykjavik on May 16th 1954. She studied modern languages and Latin at college, attended Essex University and later graduated from The University of Iceland with a BA-degree in English and Literature.
Jónína has written biographies, novels (some of them for young adults) and many short-stories that have been published in books and magazines. Plays by Jónína have been broadcast by RÚV, the national broadcaster in Iceland – both on radio and television. Her play, The Secret, has been staged by four college drama-clubs and one-act plays by her have been performed in several locations in Iceland and also in The Faroe Islans.
In 1988, Jónína’s first book was published – the biography of rev. Sigurður Haukur Guðjónsson, called “God Help You!” Her first novel for young adults, Together and Apart (Sundur og saman) was published in 1993, and her first novel for adults, Trilogy (Þríleikur) was published in 1994. In 2013, Jónína published a memoir called “Jóhanna and I” (Við Jóhanna) about her relationship with Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, former Prime Minister of Iceland. The couple fell in love in 1985 but only started living together in 2000. They later married and Jóhanna became the first leader in the world with a same-sex partner.
Jónína Leósdóttir has been awarded for her work – both for poetry, short-stories and her books for young adults. The first book in her Edda crime-series, Konan í blokkinni, is nominated for a national crime novel award, The Drop of Blood 2016.
She was instrumental in establishing The Icelandic Women’s Literary Prize (Fjöruverðlaunin, bókmenntaverðlaun kvenna) in 2007 and is now an honorary member of the association that awards the prize.
After working as a translator, journalist and editor for twenty years, Jónína has been a full-time writer since 2006. Her latest work is the Edda crime series – the first book was published in 2016 and the second one in 2017 … and a third novel about amateur sleuth, Edda, is planned for publication in 2018.
Jónína Leósdóttir’s publisher is FORLAGID, phone: +354 575 5600. Website: www.forlagid.is
- Jónína Leósdóttir on Wikipedia
- Jónína Leósdóttir’s page on the website of the Icelandic Association of Playwrights and Screenwriters
- Jónína Leósdóttir’s page on Literature.is, a website containing information about contemporary Icelandic authors and their work
- on YouTube
- Jónína Leósdóttir on Outlook
- Jónína Leósdóttir on Woman’s Hour
- Jónína Leósdóttir interview in The Telegraph
- Jónína Leósdóttir interview in El País
- Jónína Leósdóttir interview in The Times