Salman Rushdie wins the PEN Pinter prize

Established in 2009, the PEN/Pinter prize is awarded every year to a writer of proven literary merit. It was recently declared that Pinter’s friend Rushdie would be this year’s recipient. Maureen Freely, chair of judges, said: “This prize is English PEN’s way of thanking Salman Rushdie not just for his books and his many years of speaking out for freedom of expression, but also for his countless private acts of kindness […] When he sees writers unjustly vilified, prosecuted, or forced into exile, he takes a personal interest. I think he would be the first to say that it was Harold Pinter who set the example in this regard: the engaged writer never sleeps.” Antonia Fraser commented that “Harold admired Salman Rushdie’s work profoundly long before he met him. This award would have meant a great deal to Harold who respected Salman twice over, both for his work and his great personal courage.”  Rushdie responded: “It’s very moving to receive an award named after my friend Harold Pinter, whose literary genius was matched by his passion for social justice, and to follow in the distinguished footsteps of the previous recipients.”

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Antonia Fraser plans autobiography

An Express columnist recently announced that in conversation with Dame Antonia Fraser, she had stated that she was compiling an autobiography called My History – A Memoir of Growing Up.

Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/adam-helliker/470161/Lady-Antonia-Fraser-is-ready-to-reveal-all

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Harold Pinter: A Celebration

Featuring Jude law, Alan Rickman, Martin Sheen and Colin Firth, a celebration of Pinter’s writing that was staged in June 2009 is now available to view online:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/harold_pinter_a_celebration_with_jude_law_alan_rickman_michael_sheen_and_co

 

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2014 Pinter playwright prize won by Rory Mullarkey

The author of Cannibals, Rory Mullarkey, is this year’s recipient of the Pinter playwright prize. He will now receive a commission from the Royal Court Theatre.

Read more: http://www.thestage.co.uk/2014/03/rory-mullarkey-wins-harold-pinter-playwright-prize/

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‘No, You’re Wrong’ – Pinter poems published in Iran

A persian translation of a selection of Pinter’s poems was recently published in Iran, with the title ‘No, You’re Wrong’. ‘No, you’re wrong’ is the first line of a poem entitled Restaurant.

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Speak the Unspeakable CD

Speak the UnspeakableA new CD containing recitals by Harold Pinter, Ruth Rose and Harry Ariel has been released to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The recordings capture an evening in July 1988 in the Purcell Room in London,  with readings primarily from Martin Gilbert’s work, The Holocaust.

The CD is available here, and it is also possible to pay for downloads of individual tracks or the whole evening here.

 

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Paul Rogers dies

Paul Rogers, who incarnated the character of Max in Peter Hall’s debut of Pinter’s The Homecoming in 1965, died on 6 October. His performance was later captured in Hall’s film of the production, released in 1973.

Guardian obituary: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/oct/14/paul-rogers

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PEN Pinter Prize goes to Irina Khalip

Irina Khalip is a reporter and editor for Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper that has been critical of Russian political and social affairs, has won the PEN Pinter prize.

The PEN Pinter prize is awarded annually to two writers – one who is either British or living and working in the UK, and another “writer of courage”. The latter is selected by the British winner in consultation with the writers at risk team of the writers’ organisation English PEN. Tom Stoppard won the UK prize in August.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/09/irina-khalip-pen-pinter-prize-tom-stoppard

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Pinter works published in Iran

The Dwarfs’, ‘A Slight Ache’ and ‘Last to Go’ have been translated and published in Iran for the first time, alongside Pinter’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. 

Read more:  http://www.ibna.ir/vdciprazpt1avr2.ilct.html

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Tom Stoppard wins UK PEN Pinter prize

Tom Stoppard is the fifth writer to win the PEN Pinter prize. Previous recipients are Carole Ann Duffy (2012), David Hare (2011), Hanif Kureshi (2010) and Tony Harrison (2009).

The PEN Pinter prize is awarded annually to two writers – one who is either British or living and working in the UK, and another “writer of courage”. The latter is selected by the British winner in consultation with the ‘writers at risk’ team of the writers’ organisation English PEN.

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