Congratulations to Victorian author Sonya Hartnett on winning the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is a Swedish children’s literature award, established by the Swedish Government in 2002 in honour of theSwedish children’s books writer Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking. The prize is valued at over A$800,000.
The Astrid Lindgren Award may be awarded to writers, illustrators, narrators and/or promoters of reading whose work reflects the spirit of Astrid Lindgren. The object of the award is to increase interest in children’s and young people’s literature, and to promote children’s rights to culture on a global level.
Sonya Hartnett is the first Australian to win the award.
The award’s jury said of Hartnett: ‘Sonya Hartnett is one of the major forces for renewal in modern young adult fiction. With psychological depth and a concealed yet palpable anger, she depicts the circumstances of young people without avoiding the darker sides of life. She does so with linguistic virtuosity and a brilliant narrative technique; her works are a source of strength.’
‘She is one of the authors currently charting a new course in both form and content for teen fiction, bringing it closer to adult fiction and blurring the distinction. She also constantly pushes her own boundaries. No two works are alike. She skilfully adapts her beautiful, precise and illustrative language and her artful narrative technique to the requirements of each novel,’ the judges said.
Among her most popular books are ‘Of a boy’, ‘Wilful blue’, ‘Forest’, ‘Stripes of the side-step wolf”, ‘Sleeping dogs’ and ‘Surrender’. All recommended reading.
Check here for a list of Sonya Hartnett’s own favourite books.