Blackman Wins PEN Pinter Prize

Malorie Blackman won the 2022 PEN Pinter Prize, announced June 21, 2022 by English PEN.

The prize is awarded annually to a writer of outstanding literary merit resident in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize in Literature 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.”

Blackman will be honored at an event at the British Library October 10, 2022, where she will deliver an address and announce her co-winner. The annual Pinter Prize is shared “with an International Writer of Courage: a writer who is active in defence of freedom of expression, often at great risk to their own safety and liberty.” Blackman will select the co-winner from “a shortlist of international cases supported by English PEN.”

The 2022 judges were: Ruth Borwick (chair), Margaret Busby, and Daniel Hahn.

For more information, see the English PEN website.

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