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)
Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire: the story of his journey to Istanbul with his son Joe, to uncover the history of the lost civilisation of Byzantium. Richard is also the presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio. The Conversations podcast is the most downloaded show in Australia. In another life, he was a member of Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS), which played to audiences all over the world.
Kári Gíslason (Australian)
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)
Tony Birch is the author of five books: Shadowboxing (2006), Father's Day (2009), Blood (2011), The Promise (2014) and Ghost River (2015). His new book, Common People will be released in August, 2017. He is current the Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow at Victoria University. He is the fourth Indigenous Writer in Residence at South Coast Writers Centre, 2017.