Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Congratulations Shaun Tan, it's certainly your year!

Today he is the winner of the prestigious (and lucrative) Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

what the jury had to say:

Shaun Tan is a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities for picture books. His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone, regardless of age.

Behind a wealth of minutely detailed pictures, where civilization is criticized and history depicted through symbolism, there is a palpable warmth. People are always present, and Shaun Tan portrays both our searching and our alienation. He combines brilliant, magical narrative skill with deep humanism.


  1. OMG! What wonderful news. I am so thrilled for Shaun and for the Aus kids lit industry in general. That's TWO Astrids in quick succession. Hooray for Sonya and Shaun! Thanks for the update, kate. jxx

  2. SO well-deserved! I have a picture of Eric on my desk. I hope he doesn't realise he's famous and run away...with his little peanut shell suitcase.


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