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Arndís Þórarinsdóttir (Arndis Thorarinsdottir) is an Icelandic writer and translator.

Arndís has published the following books for children:

  • The novel Játningar mjólkurfernuskálds (Confessions of a Milk Carton Poet), published by Forlagið publishing house) in 2011.
  • The chapter book Lyginni líkast (Coming True), published by The Icelandic Directorate of Education, Menntamálastofnun in 2013.
  • The nonfiction book Sitthvað á sveimi (Something is Out There), published by The Icelandic Directorate of Education in 2014.
  • The chapter book Gleraugun hans Góa (Gói’s Glasses), published by The Icelandic Directorate of Education, in 2015.
  • The chapter book Nærbuxnaverksmiðjan (The Underwear Factory), and its sequel, Nærbuxnanjósnararnir (The Underwear Spies), published by Forlagið in 2018 and 2019, respectively. The third book in the series is forthcoming in late 2020.
  • The chapter book Galdraskólinn (A School of Magic), published by the Icelandic Directorate of Education in 2019.
  • Blokkin á heimsenda (Grandma Faraway), co-written with Hulda Sigrún Bjarnadóttir and published by Forlagið in 2020.

Her first volume of poetry, Innræti (Imprint) was published by Forlagið in 2020.

Játningar mjólkurfernuskálds was nominated for the 2013 Nordic Children’s Book Prize and Nærbuxnanjósnararnir was nominated for the 2019 Icelandic Literary Prize. Blokkin á heimsenda won the Guðrún Helgadóttir Children’s Literature Prize for an unpublished manuscript.

Arndís has also translated the first eight books of Rosie Banks’ Secret Kingdom series into Icelandic. Previously she translated JRR Tolkien’s Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics for Dr. Ármann Jakobsson’s edition of the text.

She has published short stories and articles in various Icelandic magazines.

Arndís lives in Reykjavík with her husband and two children. She has a Wikipedia entry despite her glaring lack of notability – and some additional information might be gleaned from her publisher’s foreign rights office (look for the children’s book catalogue). You are also welcome to contact her directly by email, her address is arndis@arnd.is.

Arndís has an undergraduate degree in comparative literature from the University of Iceland and a postgraduate degree in Creative Writing, from the University of Iceland, and another in Writing for Performance, from Goldsmiths College, University of London.