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Hanif Kureishi to receive PEN Pinter prize

20th September 2010

Hanif Kureishi is to receive the PEN Pinter prize at a ceremony next month for his award-winning novel The Buddha of Suburbia.

The 56-year-old writer was chosen to receive the award by a panel of judges including Harold Pinter's widow Lady Antonia Fraser, who praised his 'courageous' storytelling.

Created last year, the PEN Pinter prize seeks to recognise a British writer who casts an 'unflinching, unswerving' gaze upon the world, and was inspired by Pinter's speech upon receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Lady Antonia Fraser said Pinter would have been proud that Kureishi was chosen for the prize in his name.

She added: 'Hanif Kureishi courageously and irreverently speaks the truth about life in our multicultural world, beyond any platitudes of political correctness.'

Kureishi will receive the award at a ceremony at the British Library on October 20th.

The inaugural PEN Pinter prize was won by poet and playwright Tony Harrison last year for his poems filed from the frontline in Bosnia.

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