Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Shaun Tan wins Award

AUSTRALIAN author and illustrator Shaun Tan has won the world's richest prize for children's and young adult literature, just two weeks after winning an Oscar in Hollywood. Tan has won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden.

The award, named after the Swedish author, publisher and human rights advocate, is given by the Swedish Arts Council each year to honour a writer whose body of work has made an outstanding contribution to children's literature. Tan collects 5 million Swedish kronor, or about $A760,000, for winning the award.

The Jury wrote:

"Shaun Tan is a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities for picture books. His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone, regardless of age.

Behind a wealth of minutely detailed pictures, where civilization is criticized and history depicted through symbolism, there is a palpable warmth. People are always present, and Shaun Tan portrays both our searching and our alienation. He combines brilliant, magical narrative skill with deep humanism"

Tan is the author and illustrator of about 20 books, including The Red Tree, The Rabbits, The Arrival and Tales From Outer Suburbia.


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