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The Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award ceremony will take place on Thursday, 10th May 2018 at 8:00 PM (CET). The prize will be presented to the Irish Gaelic language poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Watch the ceremony live on Culture.pl.
The Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award is a distinction on the literary world stage. It has been conferred since 2013 in recognition of outstanding artistic and intellectual achievements, inspired by the values and ideals which Zbigniew Herbert’s work exemplifies. Previous laureates of the award: William Stanley Merwin, USA (2013), Charles Simic, USA (2014), Ryszard Krynicki, Poland (2015), Lars Gustafsson, Sweden (2016) and Breyten Breytenbach, South Africa (2017).
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This year’s laureate was chosen on 5th March 2018 by an international jury composed of poets, essayists, translators and publishers: Edward Hirsch (USA), Yurii Andrukhovych (Ukraine), Michael Krüger (Germany), Mercedes Montana (Spain) and Tomasz Różycki (Poland).
Edward Hirsch, chairman of this year’s jury, said of the choice:
The jury is thrilled to announce the Irish-language poet, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, as the winner of The Zbigniew Herbert Award 2018. We have chosen a ground-breaking and courageous poet who is both local and international, a poet, who has helped to sustain and remake her language.
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill was born into a bilingual family in 1952 in Lancashire, England. When she was five years old, they moved to Ireland and settled in County Kerry. Her study of English and Irish literature took her to University College in Cork, and she subsequently married Dogan Leflef, which entailed living in both Holland and Turkey for a couple of years. The family returned to Ireland in 1980 and settled just outside Dublin, where within a year Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill published her first volume of Gaelic poetry. Her creativity quickly exceeded expectations about the influence for this language, captivating other Irish poets who promptly went about translating her works into English. She proceeded to publish subsequent bilingual books, which were then translated by eminent authors, including Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain and Medbh McGuckian, but above all by Paul Muldoon.
In her work, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill draws on Celtic folklore and mythology, managing to combine and transpose these elements with contemporary issues. Taking prime importance are themes such as the relationship between Irish and English culture – considered from a post-colonial perspective – as well as a feminist reinterpretation of cultural and social issues.
Gaelic Poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Wins the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award 2018
Katarzyna Herbert, the poet’s widow and founder of the foundation that bears his name, said of the laureate:
Cultures fascinated Herbert, especially those that got a ‘bad deal from history’, who had been subjugated by stronger neighbours, which is why he studied the Etruscan and Languedoc cultures, of course, mindful of the fact that Poland had nearly been wiped off the face of Europe. I am convinced that he would have very much approved the choice of an author of works in a minority language, of a nation with a painful historic past, who had fought heroically to survive. I am also personally pleased that this year the award bearing his name has for the first time been awarded to a woman.
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Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
During the ceremony, the laureate will make a speech and read her poetry. The Irish Singer Eilis Kennedy will also perform.
A live broadcast of the ceremony will be available on Culture.pl at 8:00 pm (CET) on Thursday, 10th May 2018.
The laureate will receive a statuette and a cheque for $50,000 endowed by the PZU Foundation.
The PZU Foundation is the main strategic partner in the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Awards 2018. Supporting partners of the Zbigniew Herbert Foundation include the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Polish Theatre in Warsaw and the National Library. This year’s media partner is Polish Radio.
Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award Ceremony 2018
Thursday, 10th May 2018, 8:00 PM (CET)
Live broadcast on www.culture.pl
Source: press materials, compiled by NR, Apr 2018