Ann Thorsson (Photo by Gabriel Rutenberg)
Ann Thorsson (Photo by Gabriel Rutenberg)
The Matriarch of the West - Snæfellsjökull, Iceland

Snæfellsjökull, West Iceland - The Matriarch of the West (Photo: Ann Thorsson)


Inspired by my Northern heritage, I began writing my debut novel, Downhill, as part of an Advanced Creative Writing course while completing my BA (Honours) degree in English Language and Literature through the Open University. I discovered the infinite joy of fiction writing - the power to create people, places, time and space. To be anyone, anywhere, anytime. I'm particularly drawn to writing contemporary social fiction.

Although I now live in the West of Iceland (on a farm nestled under the iconic Snaefells-glacier), I still maintain strong links with Derbyshire and the North of England. As the old saying goes - ”You can take the girl out of the North, but you can’t take the North out of the girl!”

Downhill was first published in May, 2019, then updated and republished in 2022. My second novel, a dark and twisted chiller entitled Dark Dreams, was first released in September 2020, then updated and republished in 2022. My third novel, Dark Shadows was released in April 2022. I am currently working on an anthology of poetry, Sunflowers: A Selection of Specially Chosen Words, (samples of which can be found here POETRY). This will hopefully be published as a charity book when completed. I plan to write a light-hearted book about the local area and the characters of South Snæfellsnes over the winter.


Brought over to Iceland after a Viking raid (just kidding, I came willingly, by Icelandair!)...

I moved from Chesterfield, UK, to Iceland in 2000 (my Millennium moment) to be with the Viking love of my life. Since then, we've had two boys, a Siberian Husky, and recently bought a farm in the West of Iceland. I taught at the International School of Iceland, both as a primary English teacher, along with other creative subjects, for fourteen happy years until moving to the farm to focus on my writing and other projects.


In 2018 and 2019, I assisted as a volunteer on the Iceland Writers Retreat. Designed to inspire literary creativity, the retreat is an annual event in which writers from all genres attend workshops led by notable international authors. The retreat normally offers the opportunity to visit local places of interest, as well as listen to local music and learn about the country’s rich and diverse literary heritage and traditions. They have now also added a Readers Retreat to the program.


And as a country steeped in a rich heritage of literature, Reykjavík was awarded UNESCO City of Literature status in 2011 - the first non-English speaking city to be bestowed with this award.

From the Sagas to Laxness, to today’s contemporary literary scene, Iceland still continues to produce some of the finest writers in the world.