Icelandic author Steinunn Sigurðardóttir received the Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize for her contributions to the Icelandic language on Sunday. November 16, the birthday of national poet Jónas Hallgrímsson, is the Day of the Icelandic Language.
“Steinunn’s creativity and her mastery of the Icelandic language are admirable,” the jury concluded. Steinunn released her first poetry book at 19 and has also written a multitude of plays, short stories, novels and other books, including Hjartastaður, the winner of the Icelandic Literature Prize in 1995, ruv.is reports.
Also on the occasion of the Icelandic Language Day, Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir presented nearly 100 children with awards for their writing and achievement in their studies of the Icelandic language.