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Canadian novelist Atwood wins Pinter prize

Press AssociationPress Association 16/06/2016

Margaret Atwood has been awarded the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize, following in the footsteps of winners including Salman Rushdie, Tom Stoppard and Carol Ann Duffy.

The Canadian poet, novelist and environmental activist, famous for books including The Handmaid's Tale and MaddAddam, said she was "humbled" to receive the award.

The PEN Pinter Prize was established in 2009 in memory of the Nobel laureate playwright Harold Pinter.

It is awarded annually to a writer who, in the words of Pinter's Nobel Prize in Literature speech, casts an "unflinching, unswerving" gaze upon the world with "fierce intellectual determination" to reveal the truth about our lives and society.

This year, the prize was open for the first time to writers from the Republic of Ireland and the Commonwealth as well as the UK.

The novelist will accept the award and deliver an address at the British Library on October 13.

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