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Awarded the Jing Dong Prize for Translated Literary Fiction, for Babel Tower (China)

The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of JD Books. “It is both JD’s passion and mission to hold the literary festival,” said Lei Xu, CEO of JD Retail on the ceremony.


An award for internationally recognized storytellers who share a kinship with H.C. Andersen, Denmark’s beloved master storyteller celebrating Andersen’s influence on writers around the world.


Fellows are the major category of fellowship at the Academy. They are scholars who have 'attained distinction in any of the branches of study which it is the object of the Academy to promote' – ie, the humanities and the social sciences. Election is a mark of distinction, as only a very small number of scholars in any field are elected


Awarded The Erasmus Prize, Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, The Netherlands

The Erasmus Prize is awarded annually to a person or institution that has made an exceptional contribution to the humanities, the social sciences or the arts, in Europe and beyond.


Awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction)

The James Tait Black Prizes, established in 1919, are Britain's longest running literary awards.


Blue Metropolis Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 that brings together people from different cultures to share the pleasure of reading and writing, and encourages creativity and intercultural understanding.


Made Fellow of University College London

UCL honours those who have made outstanding contributions to society with the award of Fellowships & Honorary Fellowships.


Film of Possession Released

The Film Possession was written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart.


Made Honorary Fellow of the London Institute

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'Possession' wins The Booker Prize

The leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK and Ireland. It is a prize that transforms the winner’s career.


Awarded the Charleston-Bede Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction

Awarded to writers with a strong track record in publishing short stories of outstanding quality. Previous recipients are Penelope Lively, Ali Smith, William Trevor, Edna O’Brien and Jane Gardam.​


Awarded the Pak Kyong-ni Prize (South Korea)

The prize is to be awarded each year to one novelist who has made a distinguished contribution toward the development of a pure spirit of letters similar to that which Pak Kyong Ni exhibited, rejecting the allure of worldly gain.


Film of Medusa's Ankles released

A short film by Bonnie Wright (who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films), starring Kerry Fox and Jason Isaacs, which addresses the shifts in power and the visibility of women in middle age. Medusa's Ankles is an adaptation of AS Byatt's story which explores the relationship of a middle-aged university lecturer and a salon owner.


Academy members are world leaders in the arts and sciences, business, philanthropy, and public affairs


Shortlisted for Booker Prize (Children's Book)

The Booker Prizes reward the finest in fiction. The prize, which launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.


"As a little girl I was angry with Hans Christian Andersen for making me suffer. I thought he was pushing my mind around. In fact he was turning me into a writer."
AS Byatt, Statement as a British Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador


The Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. The Order of Arts and Letters is given out three times annually under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Culture and Communication.


Awarded the Shakespeare Prize, Toepfer Foundation (Germany)

The Shakespeare Prize was founded in 1935 and was awarded twice before World War II. It was awarded in the fields of art, literature and the humanities and was endowed with 20,000 euros. Associated with the Shakespeare Prize was a monthly scholarship of 920 euros for a young talent proposed by the winner to study at a German university for a year.


Awarded DBE in New Year's Honours List

The New Year honours' list is seen as an opportunity for the United Kingdom to celebrate the great, the good and those who have achieved for the nation. 

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