Writing by Vahni Capildeo and Valur Gunnarsson


Enjoy two wonderfully different pieces of work written by poet and non-fiction writer Vahni Capildeo (Edinburgh) and historical fiction writer Valur Gunnarsson (Reykjavik), during their virtual writing residency in Norwich in February 2021.

Dialogues features 'Lighthouse and Anchorage: journal entries' by Vahni Capildeo and 'City and Coast' by Valur Gunnarsson.

'Both share an attitude of looking outwards. We the readers can picture them gazing out from their homes. There's Valur striding along the edge of Iceland, where the European continent literally rubs up against North America, channelling the spirit of W. G. Sebald in The Rings of Saturn. There's Vahni in Edinburgh during a frozen lockdown, walking along the Firth of Forth to the lighthouse, pondering the wisdom of Julian of Norwich, the medieval mystic whose writing also reaches out and touches us from a long way away.' — Patrick Barkham, foreword to Dialogues

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