Doris Lessing receives Nobel medal

Vice-president of English PEN, Doris Lessing, was finally presented last Wednesday with her Nobel medal, in a lavish ceremony at the Wallace Collection in London. Ill health prevented her from travelling to Sweden in December to the official awards ceremony, but at an event co-organised by English PEN and her publisher, HarperCollins, the Swedish Ambassador Staffan Carlsson told her she was finally, “crowned with an award she had long deserved.” President of English PEN, Lisa Appignanesi, paid tribute to Lessing’s achievements and the way in which her writing had inspired generations of women. Lessing is only the 11th woman to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in its 106-year history. PEN members Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson then read excerpts from Lessing’s new novel, Albert and Emily, which is due out in May. Footage of the event is now available on the Guardian website.

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