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October 8, 2014, 16:41

Oddný Eir receives the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature

Oddný Eir received the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature today for her book Jarðnæði.

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth announced the winners of the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature at the Frankfurt Book Fair today. The award recognises the best new and emerging authors in Europe.

This year’s winners are: Ben Blushi (Albania), Milen Ruskov (Bulgaria), Jan Němec (Czech Republic), Makis Tsitas (Greece), Oddný Eir (Iceland), Janis Jonevs (Latvia),Armin Öhri (Liechtenstein), Pierre J. Mejlak (Malta), Ognjen Spahić (Montenegro), Marente de Moor (The Netherlands), Uglješa Šajtinac (Serbia), Birgül Oğuz (Turkey) and Evie Wyld (United Kingdom).

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is open to countries participating in Creative Europe, the EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors. Each year, national juries in a third of the countries -13 this time - nominate the winning authors.

Further information can be found here