On writing: Decent People
The town of Mosfellsbær, near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, as if frozen in time: a house known as ‘Gljufrasteinn’.
The home once inhabited by pioneer of Icelandic left-wing nationalism, Halldor Laxness.
[image: exterior of the Gljufrasteinn-Laxness Museum]
This place has inspired a new mini-play by Icelandic author Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir, a play that asks us (amongst other questions), ‘who built this house and who does it belong to?’
The play revolves around a carpenter and an apprentice who are working on a broken window in the poet’s house. It has been translated by Jane Appleton and adaptated for performance by GoodDog Theatre Company.