PEN Pinter Prize

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British children’s writer and performance poet Michael Rosen, 77, has been awarded the prestigious PEN Pinter Prize 2023.

PEN Pinter Prize

  • The PEN Pinter Prize is a prestigious award named in honour and memory of English writer Harold Pinter
  • Launched in 2009 by English PEN, is given to a writer who reflects a “fierce intellectual determination (to) define the real truth of our lives and our societies,”.
  • It was inspired by Pinter’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 2005, titled “Art, Truth and Politics”, in which he spoke about the role of the writer as a “citizen of the world” who questions and exposes the lies of power.


  • This award is open for writers from the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth for upholding freedom of expression, even it means to risk their own safety, in their works.
  • The prize aims to recognise writers who use their words to defend the dignity and rights of others.
  • The winner must the author of a significant body of plays, poetry, essays, or fiction of outstanding literary merit, written in English.
  • Past recipients of the prestigious award include Hanif Kureishi, Lemn Sissay, and Malorie Blackman.

Michael Rosen’s work:

  • Rosen is known for his accessible poetry for children and his themes often touch on social, political, and ethical issues.
  • He has published over 140 books and has championed a style of writing that reflects children’s everyday worlds and validates their imaginative thinking.

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