The PEN Pinter Prize was established in 2009 in memory of the Nobel-winning playwright Harold Pinter. The Prize is awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world, and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’.
The prize is shared with an international writer of courage selected by English PEN’s Writers at Risk Committee in association with the winner. This half of the prize is awarded to someone who has been persecuted for speaking out about their beliefs.
The winner of the 2014 PEN Pinter Prize is Sir Salman Rushdie who chose to share the prize with imprisoned Syrian journalist and human rights defender Mazen Darwish.
|Year||British Winner||International Winner|
|2013||Sir Tom Stoppard||Iryna Khalip|
|2012||Carol Ann Duffy||Samar Yazbek|
|2011||Sir David Hare||Roberto Saviano|
|2010||Hanif Kureishi||Lydia Cacho|
|2009||Tony Harrison||Zarganar (Maung Thura)|
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/prizes/penpinterprize/