The British Library have now published a podcast of Tom Stoppard’s moving Pinter Prize address. In the speech, an extract of which may be read on the Guardian website, Stoppard describes his first meeting with Harold Pinter, his thoughts on how Pinter developed and changed the art of the playwright, and how his own life experiences have influenced his own work. You can listen to the podcast on the British Library website, or via the Soundcloud file below.
Carol Ann Duffy to be awarded the 2012 PEN Pinter Prize
This year’s PEN Pinter Prize will be awarded to Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. She will be presented with the prize at a public event at the British Library on 8 October, at which she will read a selection of her poetry, including several new poems. A very limited edition booklet will be published by
Carol Ann Duffy wins PEN Pinter Prize
Poet “hugely honoured and moved to receive an award which commemorates one of the greatest English writers of the 20th century”.
PEN Pinter Prize
The Prize is awarded annually to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth 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 winner must
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