The annual award in memory of Harold Pinter
This year’s PEN Pinter Prize will be awarded to James Fenton. He will be presented with the prize at this event and deliver an address. A limited edition booklet containing his presentation will be published by Faber and Faber and available to the audience.
The PEN Pinter Prize was established in 2009 by the worldwide writers’ association and freedom of expression charity English PEN in memory of Nobel-laureate playwright Harold Pinter. The prize is awarded annually to a British writer or writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit, who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Literature Prize speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world’ and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination...to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.’ James Fenton was selected by this year’s judges Susannah Clapp, Sam Leith, Hisham Matar, Lady Antonia Fraser and President of English PEN and Chair of Judges, Maureen Freely.
The prize will be shared with an International Writer of Courage: a writer who has been intimidated for speaking out about their beliefs, selected by James Fenton in association with English PEN’s Writers at Risk Committee. The co-winner will be announced at the event, where they will accept their prize alongside James Fenton.
James Fenton was born in Lincoln in 1949 and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford where he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry. He has worked as political journalist, drama critic, book reviewer, war correspondent, foreign correspondent and columnist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was Oxford Professor of Poetry for the period 1994-99. In 2007, Fenton was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. His poetry collections include Children in Exile and Out of Danger, for which he was awarded the Whitbread Prize. He wrote libretti for Haroun and the Sea of Stories (New York City Opera) and Tsunami Song Cycle (BBC Symphony Orchestra), and his theatre includes Pictures from an Exhibition (Young Vic), and Tamar's Revenge and The Orphan of Zhao (both for the Royal Shakespeare Company). He is editor of The New Faber Book of Love Poems. Yellow Tulips: Poems 1968-2011 was published by Faber & Faber in 2012.
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