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More stories of volcanoes…

Remember our Secrets of the Ash event last March, when Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir was joined by Richard Wall of UCL’s Department of Earth Sciences, and they told us all about how volcanoes work and their impact on local populations? Well, here’s another event on volcanoes (in warmer climes), literature and the arts. Drawing on the collections of UCL Institute of Archaeology, Museums & Collections and Special Collections, London-based artist John Murphy assembles objects relating to Mount Vesuvius and to some of the many stories, real and imagined, engendered by the figure of the volcano.

An Exhibition by John Murphy

Private view Friday 10 February from 5.30pm

A G Leventis Gallery
UCL Institute of Archaeology

University College London
31–34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY

For more information and to RSVP please contact a.hudek@ucl.ac.uk
or see www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/calendar/articles/20120120


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Podcasts from Previous Events

I have now posted podcasts from the first meetings in the Nordic Noir Book Club on the website and this blog (see the pages “Shadows in the Snow” and “Secrets of the Ash” at the top of the blog page). We have recorded the talks and following discussions with Håkan Nesser, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Francis Hopkinson and Richard Wall, and hope many more than the fortunate book club members who could make it to London will now be able to enjoy the wonderful talks we have had so far. Please leave comments on the events and podcast on the relevant pages.


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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir in the next Nordic Noir Book Club

Keep an eye on this blog as our next event in the Nordic Noir Book Club takes shape. We have just confirmed that internationally acclaimed Icelandic author, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, will be joining the Nordic Noir Book Club in London on March 17. She will bring Icelandic “ashes and dust” to London, though, fortunately, only in the pages of her latest crime novel in translation: Ashes to Dust, trans. Philip Roughton. Hodder & Stoughton, 2010.

Learn more about the author from this site

Read a review of Ashes to Dust in The Independent (Aug. 2010)

Read our friend Maxine’s review on the Petrona blog (Sept. 2010)

More information will follow in our Newsletter, on Facebook and on this blog. In the meantime, read Ashes to Dust and the other crime novels byYrsa Sigurðardóttir, and reserve the evening of March 17 for what will surely be another fun, informative and social event. The primary organiser of this event is Teaching Fellow in Icelandic, Dr Reynir Þór Eggertsson, who will be assisted by the rest of the Nordic Noir team of staff and students in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL.


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