Flemish author Bart Moeyaert wins 2019 Astrid Lindgren Award
In Sweden, Flemish author Bart Moeyaert has been announced as the winner of the five million krona (A$760,000) Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
Moeyaert is the author of more than 50 books, including picture books, YA and poetry. His work has been translated in over 20 countries.
The jury’s citation says: ‘Bart Moeyaert’s condensed and musical language vibrates with suppressed emotions and unspoken desires. He portrays relationships at crisis point with a cinematic immediacy, even as his complex narratives suggest new ways forward. Bart Moeyaert’s luminous work underscores the fact that books for children and young people have a self-evident place in world literature.’
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the largest international children’s and young adult literature award in the world, and is administered by the Swedish Arts Council in honour of Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author of Pippi Longstocking.