Kári Gíslason was born in Reykjavík in 1972. He moved to England at the age of ten, and then to Australia four years later. His first book, The Promise of Iceland, told the story of the journeys that he has made to his birthplace. In 2015, he published a novel, The Ash Burner. Kári was awarded a doctorate in 2003 for his thesis on medieval Icelandic literature. As well as memoir and fiction, he publishes scholarly articles, travel writing and reviews. He currently lectures in creative writing and literary studies at Queensland University of Technology.