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Children’s Welfare Fund Awards Author

Last Saturday the Children’s Welfare Fund established an award for authors of children’s books named after Gudrún Helgadóttir, a prominent writer in children’s literature in Iceland, and gave her the first award.

“It took me completely by surprise,” Helgadóttir told Fréttabladid. “I’m extremely grateful and touched that I’m considered so important that an award is named after me.”

The author received the award from deCODE CEO Kári Stefánsson, the fund’s patron, after the premier of the play Óvitarnir, based on a book by Helgadóttir, at Akureyri Theater. After the play ended Stefánsson took the stage and announced the establishment of the award.

Stefánsson said that the Children’s Welfare Fund had been founded to support issues concerning disadvantaged children. “Literature helps us put our life experience in perspective and understand ourselves in relation to reality and dreams,” he said. “When you help children gain that perspective you’re preparing them to become better citizens in their community, which I find very admirable.”

The Gudrún Helgadóttir Award, worth ISK 1 million (USD 15,300, EUR 11,000) will be given annually to authors considered outstanding writers of children’s literature.

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