This year's recipient visits the International Youth Library in Munich

Press Release  •  May 23, 2011 07:04 BST

On May 25th the recipient of The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2011, Shaun Tan, will give a lecture at the International Youth Library, the largest library in the world of children’s and young adult literature. During the visit Shaun Tan will also meet the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.


Every year, the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award visits the International Youth Library in Munich during the award week.  This year’s recipient, the Australian illustrator and author Shaun Tan, will give a lecture on May 25th entitled Narrative images.

The International Youth Library has as a result of the collaboration with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award instituted an annual Astrid Lindgren lecture. These lectures are given by leading personalities in the field of culture and are about literature for children and young adults. This year, the critic and award-winning translator Joachim Kalka opens the 2011 lecture series.

This year, their royal highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are guests of honour at the International Youth Library. The week following the visit to Munich, 31 May, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria will present The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award to Shaun Tan at a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

Shaun Tan has been widely acclaimed for his works, e.g. The Arrival and The Lost Thing. For the animated short film based on The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan received an Academy award earlier this year.

For the complete award week program please visit www.alma.se/en. For further information and press contact helene.andersson@alma.se or +46 (0)76 540 10 17. Further information about the International Youth Library: www.ijb.de.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world's largest prize for children's and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is awarded annually to a single recipient or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion may be rewarded. The award is designed to promote interest in children's and young adult literature, and in children's rights, globally. An expert jury selects the winners from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations worldwide. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.

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