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J.K. Rowling wins children's writing prize

20th October 2010

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has received the inaugural Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize.

Rowling was presented with the 500,000 kroner (GBP 58,800) award at a ceremony in Andersen's hometown of Odense, Denmark, yesterday (October 19th).

The prize is awarded to a writer who can best be compared with Danish author Andersen, who completed around 160 fairytales and poems, including The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen, before his death in 1875.

In her acceptance speech, Rowling paid tribute to the Ugly Duckling author, saying that he was notable for his ability to write for children without being patronising.

'Andersen understood that writing for children does not mean "pureeing" what one would have written for adults. It ought not to be bland or soppy or devoid of challenging ingredients,' she explained.

The prize is separate to the Hans Christian Andersen Award, which is a biennial honour that was founded in 1956.

Last month, British writer David Almond received the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award during the International Board on Books for Young People congress in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
 

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