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Press invitation: The world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature to be announced on April 5

March 29, 2016

Press invitation: The world’s largest award for children's and young adult literature to be announced on April 5

Welcome to cover the announcement of the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Time: April 5 at 12:45 pm
Venue: Illustrator’s Café, Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Programme
12.45 Opening speaker is Staffan Forssell, Director General at the Swedish Arts Council and Helen Sigeland, Director at the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Speech by Robert Rydberg, Ambassador of Sweden to Italy.

13.00 The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2016 is announced by Jury Chairman Boel Westin through a streamed link from the National Library of Sweden, Stockholm. The announcement is followed by a short presentation of the laureate (s) by the jury present at the Illustrator’s Café.

13.45 A celebratory toast in the ALMA stand C5 in Hall 30

Jury representatives will be available for interviews and the award office may provide journalists, if possible, with contact information for people and organisations with expert knowledge about this year’s laureate(s). For interviews and contact details please contact Communications Officer Helene Andersson. Photos and press releases in various languages will be available in our press room: http://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/alma.

A press package with videos in high resolution from the press conference will be available on http://www.thenewsmarket.com/alma during the afternoon. Please register if you are a first time user. Questions about registration may be forwarded to www.alma.se/en

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible. The award is designed to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature. The UN convention of rights of the child is the foundation of our work. An expert jury selects the laureate(s) from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations all over the world. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council.

Bye bye Bologna

March 28, 2014

Today we pack our bags and go back to Stockholm. It´s been (as usual) a fantastic week at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, meeting representatives from the book industry, nominating bodies and, last but not least, announcing this year’s laureate Barbro Lindgren. Here are some images taken by the Pasquale Minopoli, photographer at the fair.

Speech by Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth on a streamed link from Stockholm.

Speech by Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth on a streamed link from Stockholm.

Jury Chairman Larry Lempert announcing the 2014 laureate...

Jury Chairman Larry Lempert announcing the 2014 laureate…

...author Barbro Lindgren from Sweden. Jury member Mats Berggren presents Barbaro Lindgren's works.

…author Barbro Lindgren from Sweden. Jury member Mats Berggren presents Barbro Lindgren’s works.

A happy publishing director, Ann Sköld Nilsson from publishing house Rabén & Sjögren.

A happy publishing director, Ann Sköld Nilsson from publishing house Rabén & Sjögren.

Isol’s program in Bologna

March 21, 2014

There´s a lot going on in Bologna next week in connection with the Children’s Book Fair. Last year’s ALMA laureate Isol has an extensive program. Have a look at these lovely posters.
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Isol exhibition

Days to remember

March 28, 2013

This is the last day of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and we will look back upon four fantastic and inspiring days at the fair. The announcement of Isol as the 2013 ALMA recipient has created media interest all over the world (a report coming up later on). However, the digital connecting gods we not with us on Annoncement-Day, and the event in Illustrator’s café had to turn to plan B. Instead of announcement from Vimmerby by streamed link, jury member Lennart Eng made the big announcement live.  As in Vimmerby, the announcement was followed by a presentation of the recipient by a jury member, Elina Druker. (The presentation of Isol made by jury member Ulla Rhedin in Vimmerby, is available here!)

Here´s a few images taken by our brilliant photographer Stefan Tell:

Illustrator's café at 12:50 on March 26. Very tense expections among the audience minutes before the announcement.

Illustrator’s café at 12:50 on March 26. Very tense expections among the audience just minutes before the announcement.

 

Kerstin Brunnberg, Chairperson of the Swedish Arts Council, opens the announcement from Vimmerby, Sweden.

Kerstin Brunnberg, Chairperson of the Swedish Arts Council, opens the announcement by streamed link from Vimmerby, Sweden.

 

2012 ALMA recipient Guus Kuijer were sitting in the audience.

2012 ALMA recipient Guus Kuijer were sitting in the audience.

 

Lennart Eng announces Isol from Argentina as the 2013 ALMA recipient!

Lennart Eng announces Isol from Argentina as the 2013 ALMA recipient!

 

Here she is on the big screen!

Here she is on the big screen!

 

Isol herself were not presenta at the fair, Veronica Mendoza from the Guadalajara Book Fair in Mexico (where Isol's publishing house is situated) received flowers from the Swedish Minister for Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

Isol herself was not present at the fair. Veronica Mendoza from the Guadalajara Book Fair in Mexico (where Isol’s publishing house is situated) received flowers from the Swedish Minister for Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the announcement live on our web

March 22, 2013
The announcement takes place in Vimmerby, the birthplace of Astrid Lindgren. The cultural centre is situated next to Astrid Lindgren's childhood home. Photo: Emma Jansson.

The announcement takes place in Vimmerby, the birthplace of Astrid Lindgren. The cultural centre is situated next to Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home. Photo: Emma Jansson.

The announcement of this year’s recipient can be followed live on our web, starting 12.50 on Tuesday. It will be followed by a short presentation of the recipient by one of the jury members. Watch jury member Elina Druker’s presentation of last year’s recipient Guus Kuijer here.

Like the previous years, the announcement in Vimmerby will be streamed by link to the international children’s book fair in Bologna, which is very special for us this year as Sweden as the first Nordic country is guest of honor. The Swedish Minister for Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth will participate in the ALMA press conference, something we of course are very happy for.

2012 announcement in Bologna. Photo: Stefan Tell.

2012 announcement in Bologna. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Recipients emphasize children’s right to culture

February 26, 2013

 

Photo: Stefan Tell

Photo: Stefan Tell

“The right to culture is the right to liberation from the restrictions imposed by education,” according to the Dutch author Guus Kuijer, last year’s recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. His words are especially relevant in the context of the world’s largest book fair for children’s and young adult literature, which takes place in Bologna, Italy, from 25 to 28 March.

Children’s right to culture is the overall theme of Sweden’s presence as the first Nordic guest of honour at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Children’s right to culture is all about the right of children to participate in society and have access to art, culture and information. It is also about giving children a voice in the form of good-quality children’s and young adult literature.

A genuine children’s perspective is something that is shared by all the authors, illustrators and reading advocates who have received the annual Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Shaun Tan, illustrator and author, was the 2011 recipient:

“Imagination is arguably the key to all success, and also freedom from a certain tyranny of mediocre thought, low expectation and closed mindedness. Imagination is also a fragile thing; although it seems to be a natural talent every child is born with, it can be easily blunted or malnourished unless it remains exposure to a broad range of creative thinking. Books in particular remind us that the world is constructed through imagination as much as real-life experience, and so leave us empowered to think about new possibilities. “

Photo: Stefan Tell

Photo: Stefan Tell

Illustrator and author Kitty Crowther, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize in 2010, has a broader view of Children’s right to culture:

“It’s not just children. This is the right of everybody. That is why the little local libraries are of huge importance; with non-sedentary activities where the generations are mingled.”

Photo: Stefan Tell

Photo: Stefan Tell

The uncompromising child’s eye view is a constant presence in Guus Kuijer’s work, and the platform for an insightful portrayal of the adult world through his main protagonists. He will be appearing at the Salaborsa library in Bologna on 27 March at 2 pm. The recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2013 will be announced the day before.

Intense planning for the Swedish participation in Bologna

February 8, 2013

Sweden will be guest of honor at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March. As guest of honour, Sweden will present a major exhibition on contemporary Swedish illustration, among many other things. We caught project manager at the Swedish Arts Council, Eva Ottosson, between two meetings.

Hi Eva, tell us about the program in Bologna!

We will make Bologna boil with Swedish activities, both at the Fair and in Bologna town. Under our theme Children’s right to Culture, we will present authors, illustrators and other artists.

At the Fair we will present a large exhibition with Swedish contemporary illustrators, it will be impossible to miss, placed just at the entrance of the Fair at the Illustrators café.
The 31 illustrators are selected by a jury and range from debutants to world famous illustrators. In connection to the exhibition a catalogue will be presented. We also arrange the Swedish collective stand with publishers and other exhibitors and present vast program at all the scenes: illustrators café, authors café, digital café and translators café.

In Bologna town a number of local organizations do workshops, exhibitions, readings with a Swedish theme. You can see the full program on our website from mid February.
This program will be great!

Children’s right to culture, what does that mean?

That every child has the right to take part of culture in his or her own way. That culture is a thing of lust – it should never be a must. The artists we present in Bologna all have one thing in common – that they work from a child’s point of view.

What are your expectations?

To give Swedish literature and illustration a great big boost internationally. Me personally – I expect some hard work but also plenty of fun and interesting meetings.

More reading about the exhibition here.
More reading about Children’s right to culture here.

Eva Ottosson, Project Manager at the Swedish Arts Council.

Eva Ottosson, Project Manager at the Swedish Arts Council.

Save the date for March 26th

January 30, 2013

Now it´s time to note the date for this year’s announcement: March 26 at 1:00 pm! Then one (or several) of the 207 nominated candidates will be revealed as the 2013 recipient. The announcement will be broadcast live on our web and streamed to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which is the world’s most important international event dedicated to children’s literature.

The announcement will take place in Vimmerby, a small town on the countryside in the southern parts of Sweden. Announcing the recipient at Näs is symbolic, of course. Astrid Lindgren was born here more than 100 years ago. Her childhood at Näs has been described as very happy, she often played games with her three siblings in the playground on the Näs property. The cultural centre Astrid Lindgren’s Näs is situated next to Astrid’s childhood home, and here the chairman of the jury, Larry Lempert, will reveal the recipient or recipients name after the final jury meeting in the morning of the 26th.

At the same time, a press conference takes place at the Illlustrator’s café at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, where the announcement from Vimmerby is broadcast on a screen. The audience consist of international trade representatives, literature experts, reading promoters, authors, illustrators, journalists etc etc. The tension is usually excruciating minutes before the announcement. Could it be that the recipient or a publisher is actually sitting in the audience?

Astrid Lindgren at the stairs of her childhood home at Näs.

Astrid Lindgren at the stairs of her childhood home at Näs.

Kitty Crowther (2010 recipient) at the same stairs, during the 2010 award week. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Kitty Crowther (2010 recipient) at Näs, during the 2010 award week. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Same stairs again, this time with Guus Kuijer (2012 recipient), Maria Tunek (left), librarian at Näs,  and Corrie Kuijer. Visiting Näs was part of the 2012 award week programme. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Näs again, this time with Guus Kuijer (2012 recipient), Maria Tunek (left), librarian at Näs, and Corrie Kuijer. Visiting Näs was part of the 2012 award week programme. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Larry Lempert at the announcement at Näs 2011. Photo: Emma Jansson

Larry Lempert at the announcement at Näs 2011. Photo: Emma Jansson

The announcement at Illustrator’s café 2012. Photo: Stefan Tell

The announcement at Illustrator’s café 2012. Photo: Stefan Tell

Guus Kuijer’s publisher Bärbel Dorweiler was sitting in the audience! She is congratulated by ALMA director Helen Sigeland. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Guus Kuijer’s publisher Bärbel Dorweiler was sitting in the audience! She was congratulated by ALMA director Helen Sigeland. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Illustrators for Bologna 2013 announced

November 20, 2012

Today, the participating illustrators of the exhibition on contemporary Swedish children’s book illustrators in Bologna 2013 were announced.

Among the 31 illustrators are well known artists such as Pija Lindenbaum, Sven Nordqvist, Pernilla Stalfelt and Stina Wirsén. But quite a few of the illustrators are born in the 80s, such as Karin Cyrén, Siri Ahmed Backström, Johanna Hellgren and Matilda Ruta. Andreas Berg, spokesman for the jury, announced the news at a press conference at Konstakademien (the Royal Swedish Academy of fine Arts), and in his speech he emphasized the fact that a new generation of illustrators have entered the limelight: “Perhaps we´re standing on the threshold of a new golden age…”

The illustrators have been chosen by a jury appointed by the Swedish Arts Council. Two members of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, Ulla Rhedin and Elina Druker, have been part of the exhibition jury.

Sweden is to be the guest of honor at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on 25–28 March 2013, where children’s and young people’s right to culture will be the overall theme. As guest of honor, Sweden will present a major exhibition on contemporary Swedish illustration. The Swedish component of the program will also include seminars and activities featuring Swedish authors and illustrators, both at the fair and at other venues in the city of Bologna.

Kennet Johansson, Director General at the Swedish Arts Council, held a welcome speech.
Lotta Brillioth Biörnstad, Swedish Arts Council, and Andreas Berg, jury spokesman.

A Taste of Sweden in Bologna 2013

November 9, 2012

Yesterday, the Swedish embassy in Rome hosted a meeting presenting the Swedish plans for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2013. In focus were Children’s right to culture which is the theme for the Swedish participation (and book fair visitors will find this visible in all presentations and events).

Italian publishers and journalists were invited to get a glimpse of the program being prepared by the Swedish Arts Council. Susanne Bergström Larsson and Eva Ottosson informed about the illustration exhibition, the national stand for exhibitors, presentations of authors and seminars for teachers and librarians. Daniel Gustafsson Pech, representing The Swedish Institute described the plans for activities in Bologna city.

Representatives from Swedish publishing houses were present to inform about their new titles and Åsa Warnqvist from the Swedish Institute of Children’s Books gave a much appreciated lecture on trends in current Swedish literature for children and young adults.

Helen Sigeland, Director of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, concluded the session by reminding that the name or names of the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recipient (s) will be revealed at the illustrator’s cafe Tuesday March 26 at 1 pm.

The plans were met by enthusiasm and curiosity and it is a good guess that the Swedish events will be well attended!