Hare wins PEN/Pinter prize

Playwright Sir David Hare is this year’s winner of the PEN/Pinter Prize to a British writer of outstanding literary merit.

In the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, the writer must cast an “unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world” and show a “fierce intellectual determination . . . to define the real truth of our lives and our societies".

Hare will be presented with the prize at a ceremony at the British Library on 10th October. At the event, he will deliver an acceptance speech that will then be published by Faber.

Lady Antonia Fraser, Harold Pinter’s widow and chair of the panel of judges, said: “In the course of his long, distinguished career, David Hare has never failed to speak out fearlessly on the subject of politics in the broadest sense; this courage, combined with his rich creative talent, makes him a worthy winner of the PEN/Pinter Prize.”