20 March 2012
Ministry of Culture
Minister for Culture congratulates Guus Kuijer on the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
It was announced today that the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award has been won by the Dutch writer Guus Kuijer.
"I send my warmest congratulations to this year's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner, Guus Kuijer," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
This year's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recognises an individual author for his complete works.
"Guus Kuijer's ability to combine the big questions of life with humour and playful narrative zest has led to his work being translated into nearly twenty languages over the years. I am convinced that this year's prize will further strengthen interest in children's literature internationally," concludes Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth.
Facts about ALMA
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world's largest prize for literature for children and young adults. The prize was established in 2002 in honour of Astrid Lindgren and as a way of increasing interest in literature for children and young adults around the world. The prize is also intended to strengthen children's rights at global level. The ALMA winner is selected by a jury acting on nominations from institutions and organisations from all over the world. The prize is administered by the Swedish Arts Council. It is worth SEK 5 million. The prize will be presented at an award ceremony in Stockholm in May.
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