Australian author Sonya Hartnett has been announced as the winner of this year’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
She is the first Australian winner of the prestigious award, established by the Swedish Government in 2002. With prizemoney of five million Swedish Kroner (equivalent to approx. A$844,000), the Astrid Lingren Memorial Award is the world’s richest children’s and young people’s literary award. The award is administered by The Swedish Arts Council.
It’s fantastic to see Australian authors win internationally-acclaimed awards such as these.