Posts Tagged ‘Vimmerby’

Guus Kuijer to Stockholm

May 16, 2012

The ALMA award week is coming up! Guus Kuijer arrives in Stockholm on Tuesday May 22, and a whole week of events surroundig the award ceremony starts, including appearances at Kulturhuset (house of culture) and Riksdagsbiblioteket (the parliamentary library).

“There’s plenty of variety on the programme. I’m really looking forward to hearing Guus Kuijer talk about his writings at Kulturhuset,” said Helen Sigeland, director of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. “The conversation with Lars H. Gustafsson at Riksdagsbiblioteket will be fascinating, too, and Dutch speakers will have an exclusive opportunity to enjoy an evening of readings.”

Award week programme
22 May: Lecture at Kulturhuset (house of culture) in Stockholm. Guus Kuijer talks about his writings. Open to the public, admission free.
23 May: Guus Kuijer in conversation with Lars H. Gustafsson, paediatrician and ALMA jury member, at Riksdagsbiblioteket. Open to the public, no registration required.
24 May: Reading at Internationella biblioteket (the international library) in Stockholm (in Dutch).
25 May: Lecture at the Astrid Lindgren conference in Vimmerby.
26 May: Visit to Astrid Lindgren’s Näs and Lindgren’s childhood home in Vimmerby.
28 May: Award ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall. HRH Crown Princess Victoria will present the award in the presence of Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Minister for Culture.

Kulturhuset is also paying tribute to Kuijer by organising workshops for children and young people, and Skansen, the open-air museum in Stockholm, will arrange an event of celebrating children’s books.

Children have a right to culture, say laureates

February 21, 2012

“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play,” according to Philip Pullman, 2005 recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). Pullman is one of the 11 laureates featured in an exhibition marking ALMA’s 10th anniversary, to be staged at the world’s biggest book fair for children’s and young adult literature in Bologna, Italy.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is 10 years old this year. For a decade now, the award has promoted interest in children’s and young adult literature around the world. The anniversary celebrations start at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, from 19 to 22 March, where a number of ALMA laureates will take part in various seminars.

“This will be the first time so many award recipients have all been present in the one place,” says Helen Sigeland, director of ALMA. “We’re looking forward to plenty of stimulating dialogue between our laureates and the public. Our exhibition and commemorative booklet will focus on promoting interest in children’s and young adult literature in an international context.”

Australian author Sonya Hartnett is one of the laureates visiting Bologna to mark the award’s 10th anniversary. She will be discussing the importance of children having access to good books with fellow author and laureate Katherine Paterson.

“A quality book for young people should leave them a different and slightly better person than the one they were when they began reading the book,” says Hartnett.

The laureates taking part in the Bologna event are Kitty Crowther, illustrator (Belgium, 2010), the Tamer Institute for Community Education, promotor of reading (Palestinian territories, 2009), Sonya Hartnett, author (Australia, 2008), Banco del Libro, promotor of reading (Venezuela, 2007), Katherine Paterson, author (USA, 2006), Ryôji Arai, illustrator (Japan, 2005) and Lygia Bojunga, author (Brazil, 2004).

The programme for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair will be available shortly on the Fair’s website.

The recipient or recipients of the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced to coincide with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The announcement will be made on Tuesday 20 March, at 1 pm, at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs in Vimmerby, Sweden. It will be broadcast via a live link to Bologna and online at

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is celebrating its 10th anniversary!

January 16, 2012

The world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature is turning ten years old in 2012. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) has contributed to raising the status of books for children and young people for a decade now. Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden’s Minister for Culture, says: ­
– The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award highlights literature for children and young adults in an important way, giving it a prominent place in society.

When Astrid Lindgren, Sweden’s most renowned writer, passed away in 2002, the Swedish Government adopted the decision to set up a memorial award fund. Since its establishment, eleven award recipients have been recognized for their lifetime achievements in the arts and their efforts to promote literacy.  

Quoting Minister Adelsohn Liljeroth:
– The award promotes interest in literature for children and young people all over the world, and reinforces the rights of children on a global level. Year upon year, the award has received increasing media attention and had greater and greater impact. This gives rise to optimism about children’s literature and active reading.

Over the course of the decade, more than 550 candidates from over 90 nations have been nominated. Nominating bodies include organizations and research institutes related to literature for children and young people. Today the ALMA award office cooperates with more than 400 nominating bodies worldwide.

The tenth birthday of the award will be celebrated with an exhibition about the award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the world’s largest book fair for young readers, to be held in Bologna, Italy from 19 to 22 March 2012. On 20 March at 1 p.m., the name of this year’s recipient or recipients will be announced. The announcement will be made in Vimmerby, Sweden, where Astrid Lindgren grew up. It will be webstreamed to the book fair in Bologna and on the website of the award:

Literary focus at LitteraLund and Astrid Lindgren’s Näs

October 28, 2011

It’s a treat to be in the south of Sweden this weekend. Today, the annual LitteraLund Festival for children and young people starts in Lund, this year as a Pre-Festival before the big event in April next year. A conference about children’s and young adult literature is on the agenda for today. One of the participants is Mika Larsson, who will talk about the work of one of the ALMA nominees for next year, the organisation All of Poland Reads to Kids Foundation. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and Mika Larsson will describe a unique commitment that laid the foundation for a modern children’s culture in Poland. Tomorrow, LitteraLund’s arranging a public program for children at the Lund City Library.

Poster of a reading campaign made by All of Poland Reads to Kids

On Sunday, Astrid Lindgren’s Näs in Vimmerby (the birthplace of Astrid Lindgren) are celebrating the book with a program featuring Swedish authors such as Håkan Nesser, Marie Hermansson and Helena von Zweigbergk.

Illustration by Shaun Tan to Astrid Lindgren’s Näs

August 19, 2011

On Thursday the Cultural Centre of Astrid Lindgren’s Näs received an illustration of this year’s recipient Shaun Tan. Rebecka Svensén, Director of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, presented Shaun Tan’s gift, an illustration called The Waterbuffalo which is included in the short story with the same name in the anthology Tales from Outer Suburbia (Allen & Unwin, 2008).

– We are very happy and grateful for this gift, says Kjell Åke Hansson, Managing Director of Astrid Lindgren’s Näs. Shaun Tan is an amazing artist and his visit to Näs last May was very much appreciated.

It was during the award week last May that Shaun Tan visited Vimmerby, the birthplace of Astrid Lindgren. He visited Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home and made a popular public appearance at Astrid Lindgren’s Näs.

Pettson and Findus and many more!

July 6, 2011

Shaun Tan

If you are passing through Småland this summer, make sure you stop of at Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home, Näs in Vimmerby, to see a unique exhibition of the Swedish author and illustrator Sven Nordqvist’s work. Throughout the summer you can meet Pettson, his cat Findus, Mamma Mu and other Nordqvist characters. This exhibition is for both children and adults and presents original paintings, sketches and manuscripts that are rarely on view. The award-winning book “Where is my sister” has its own space and Nordqvist’s early prints are also on show in another section.

This year recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Shaun Tan, was delighted to be able to view part of the exhibition when it was under construction on his visit to Vimmerby in May. The exhibition will be on display until the 2nd of October.

Photographer: Kjell Åke Hansson


The countdown has begun!

February 20, 2011

On our home page we now counting down to the announcement of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. At the time of writing, it is 36 days, 16 hours, 25 minutes and 5 seconds until we know who the jury will select as this year’s winner. The announcement will take place at 1 pm on the 29th of March in Vimmerby. It will be broadcasted live to Illustrator’s Café at the Bologna Book Fair, as well as on our home page.

Astrid Lindgren’s birthday!

November 14, 2010

Today is Astrid Lindgren‘s (1907-2002) birthday!

Born in Vimmerby in the south of Sweden, she grew up to become Sweden’s most internationally known and loved author. The 14th of November is not only Astrid Lindgren’s (standing in the middle of the photo) birthday, it  is also – probably not by coincidence – the nameday of her character Emil.

Emil, brilliantly captured by illustrator Björn Berg, was modeled on stories from her father Samuel August’s (to the left in the photo) childhood, as well as on the adventures of her older brother Gunnar (standing to the right of Astrid). Emil is the character Astrid Lindgren felt the most affinity for. Below they are seen together on a German stamp, published in 2007. Of course, Emil is also found in the logo of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

What Happens In Vimmerby…

March 25, 2010

What happens in Vimmerby, doesn’t stay in Vimmerby, as it turns out. On March 24 the 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was announced from Astrid Lindgren’s childhood town Vimmerby, in Småland. But it could also be followed online – our internet statistics tell us that viewers from 67 countires world wide watched the announcement on

But the online audience didn’t get to see everything – until now. Here’s a look at the day from Vimmerby.  All photos by Stefan Tell.  

Let’s begin inside Astrid Lindgren’s kitchen—the inspirational startingpoint for many stories:

It’s been kept without alterations, and still looks just like when Astrid Lindgren was a little girl

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Including the hats and walking stick of her father and mother:

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In the modern building next door, people gathered for the actual announcement broadcast:

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The jury – with their secrets:
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Kerstin Brunnberg, chairman of the Swedish Arts Council, greeted the audience

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And then the announcement was broadcasted live in Swedish Radio:

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Ulla Rhedin of the jury presents the work of Kitty Crowther

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And then, finally – after a year of deliberation and consideration of the 167 candidates from 61 countries: we get to toast the winner (accompanied by the tunes of a children’s choire)

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IBBY representative Sven Hallonsten and ALMA representative Larry Lempert…discussing, perhaps, HC Andersen medalists David Almond and Jutta Bauer and ALMA recipient Kitty Crowther.

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Photos from the crowd that greeted the winner at the Bologna Fiere will be posted shortly…

From Vimmerby to the World

February 15, 2010

On March 24 the 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced from Astrid Lindgrens birthtown, Vimmerby, in Sweden. The announcement will be broadcasted live to the Illustrators Café at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and also, online at

The live broadcast is an attempt to make the announcement easily accessible to all of the friends and nominating bodies of the award – no matter where they are in the world. BUT, if you are in a time-zone where watching the announcement live at 13.00 CET means waking up at dawn, or staying up till the middle of the night, you can also watch the announcement on-demand later. You’ll find a handy guide to time-zones and time-differences online here. 

For those of you who have never been to Vimmerby: the birthplace of Astrid Lindgren is a quaint place full of little red cottages, wild flowers and chirping birds. It is sometimes hard to imagine that an author who was born in this tiny place is now translated into more than 80 languages and lives on all over the world…

The pictures below show Vimmerby in May 2009, when Award Winners the Tamer Institute paid a visit.