Wednesday 13 June 2018

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins Pen Printer Award

Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize, a prize in honour of late Nobel laureate Harold Pinter.
The prize is awarded to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth, who casts an unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world, and shows a fierce intellectual determination to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.

The judges of the prize described Adichie's understanding of gender, race and global inequality as sophisticated beyond measure.

Chimamanda said "I admired Harold Pinter's talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to telling his truth, and I am honoured to be given an award in his name."

She will be presented with the prize on October 9. She will also, on that date, announced her co-winner, the winner of the International Writer of Courage, a prize given to a writer who is active in defence of freedom of expression, often at great risk to their own safety and liberty.

The award is given by English PEN, and is supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Ruth Maxted, and the Thompson Family Charitable Trust.

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