British novelist Adam Foulds is among the 12 winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Literature, announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Each winner of the prize, which recognises the best new or emerging authors in the EU, receives €5,000 and the opportunity to have their work translated into other languages.
The Quickening Maze, Foulds' Man Booker-shortlisted novel about the poet John Clare's years in a private asylum, won him his share in the award. Also winning today were Kalin Terziyski (Bulgaria); Tomáš Zmeškal (Czech Republic); Kostas Hatziantoniou (Greece); Ófeigur Sigurðsson (Iceland); Inga Zolude (Latvia); Iren Nigg (Liechtenstein); Immanuel Mifsud (Malta); Andrej Nikolaidis
(Montenegro); Rodaan Al Galidi (Netherlands); Jelena Lengold (Serbia); and Ciler Ilhan (Turkey).
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "I congratulate the exceptional winners of this year's prize and I hope that that they will make use of our support for 'literary translation' so that that as many readers as possible can enjoy their books, in as many languages as possible.
"I would also like to pay tribute to Europe's resilient book publishing industry which is the world leader in its field, employing 135,000 people and contributing €23 billion a year to EU GDP."