1827. It is dedicated to academic examination of literature and other studies and is published twice a year. Tímarit Máls & menningar was first published in 1938 and is a quarterly magazine dedicated to culture and reviews. Stína is a magazine on literature and art that is published twice a year; Börn og menning is a publication of IBBY in Iceland, dedicated to children's literature and culture; and Ritid, a journal published by the Centre for Research in the Humanities, is published three times a year and each edition is dedicated to a certain theme. In addition to the publications above there are academic journals, such as the translators' journal Jón á Bægisá, and Skíma, a periodical of Icelandic language teachers, just to name a few. The Reykjavík Academy published two series related to literature, Atvik and Íslensk Menning. These series are both extensive, academic publications; the former introduces ideas and research with translations and original texts in incisive booklets, and the latter discusses various aspects of history and culture. The Institute for Literary Research at the University of Iceland publishes several series in the field of literary study, such as the Frædirit Bókmenntafrædistofn unnar, Studia Islandica and Afmælisrit – dedicated to a selected scholar. There are several Icelandic websites on Icelandic literature.¹2 The publishing house Nýhil has for instance run the web magazine Tíu thúsund tregawött (www.tregawott. net) since 2006, publishing poems and poetry translations, reviews and all sorts of literary discussion. Rithringur.is is a grassroots website on creative writing, open to all who want to publish their writing and receive feedback; Ljod. is is a similar site focusing on poetry; and Kistan.is is a forum for cultural and academic discussion. The Reykjavík City Library operates the Icelandic Literature site, as was discussed earlier, and various museums, libraries and institutes have specialized websites on selected writers. Finally there are numerous news and culture websites that feature book blogs and book reviews. One of Reykjavík City's and its partners aspirations with the City of Literature status is for book publishing and literary discussion in media to become more evenly dispersed over the year, and a permanent and constant feature in cultural debate. It should be a matter of utmost importance to the Icelandic nation to ensure optimal, global distribution and circulation of this oldest and most comprehensive part of its cultural heritage. From the Icelandic Literature Fund policy
Clockwise from top left: Thor Vilhjálmsson, Gudbergur Bergsson, Vigdís Grímsdóttir and Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir are among writers who receive Althingi's Honorary Salary. Photograps: Jóhann Páll Valdimarsson exept Vigdís Grímsdóttir by María Gudmundsdóttir .
Supporting Writers The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture runs the Icelandic Literary Fund, whose role is to support and encourage literary events and incentives in Iceland in addition to promoting Icelandic literature abroad. In accordance with this, the fund sponsors translations of Icelandic literature into foreign languages, and also lends financial support for translation of foreign literature into Icelandic and publications of Icelandic books. One of the fund's roles is to enhance cultural identity that rests on the ability of the native language to prove its use as a powerful communication tool. The fund does not confine itself to supporting conventional forms of literature; rather it also calls for projects where other forms of media are used to promote texts. Innovative efforts are supported by the fund, which annually presents grants to selected writers for new literary works that have few or limited commercial prospects, but undeniable cultural value. Applications for these grants have been rapidly growing in number since they were first presented in 2008. At the time, the fund received nine applications for the five grants, but in 2010 there were thirty nine applicants. The Icelandic State also fosters writers with stipends form the Writers' Salary Fund, and this year the fund allotted 64 writers grants to engage in their art, from three- month to two-year salaries, making a total of 505 monthly artists' salaries. A committee of professionals reviews the salary
Reykjavík – a City of Literature
Published on Jul 23, 2012