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Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award (Denmark)
A.S Byatt was honoured to be awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. The award celebrates Andersen’s influence on writers around the world. It honours writers whose genres or storytelling techniques embody the spirit of Andersen’s rich oeuvre.
A.S Byatt was delighted to be made a Fellow of the British Academy. Becoming part of a fellowship of around 1,400 leading national and international academics elected for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences.
A.S Byatt was honoured to win the sixth Charleston-Bede’s 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.
Jing Dong Prize
Winner of the Pak Kyong-ni Prize (South Korea)
A.S Byatt was honoured to be awarded the Pak Kyong-ni Prize. The Pak Kyong Ni Prize was established by the Toji Cultural Foundation to commemorate and further develop the great spirit of letters which the late author Pak Kyong Ni showed in writing her saga Toji (The Land). In the great panorama of this work she vividly portrayed the desperate struggles of the Korean people in the turmoil of their recent history, as they sought to achieve liberation from Japanese imperialism, freedom and democracy, at a time when they were suffering from class-divisions and exploitation in a poverty-stricken land under Japanese occupation.
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.