Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has emerged winner of the PEN Pinter Prize 2018. She will receive the award at a public ceremony at the British Library on the evening of Tuesday 9 October, where she will deliver an address.
The prize is given to writers, in memory of playwright Harold Pinter, who take an “unflinching, unswerving” look at the world.
Chair of Judges and Chair of trustees for English PEN Maureen Freely said:
In this age of the privatised, marketised self, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the exception who defies the rule. In her gorgeous fictions, but just as much in her TED talks and essays, she refuses to be deterred or detained by the categories of others. Sophisticated beyond measure in her understanding of gender, race, and global inequality, she guides us through the revolving doors of identity politics, liberating us all.
The Purple Hibiscus author said: “I admired Harold Pinter’s talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to telling his truth and I am honoured to be given an award in his name.