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Two Literary Prizes Awarded

Two literary prizes were awarded yesterday―one for children’s literature, the other for poetry.

Ragnheiður Eyjólfsdóttir won the Icelandic Award for Children’s Literature for her book Skuggasaga – Arftakinn (Shadow Story-The Successor), RÚV reports. This is the author’s first work, but she’s already writing a sequel to the award-winning book.

Ragnheiður gets her inspiration from Nordic literature, European tales and fairy tales. The protagonist in her book is Saga, who sees things hidden from others’ eyes.

Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson won the Tómas Guðmundsson Poetry Prize for Til hughreystingar þeim sem finna sig ekki í samtíma sínum (In Consolation to Those Who Don’t Feel at Ease in Present Times), DV reports. The prize money is ISK 700,000 (USD 5,600, EUR 4,900). The book is published by Bjartur.

Ragnar Helgi studied philosophy at the University of Iceland and art in France. In past years, he has worked as an artist and exhibited his paintings worldwide, in addition to working as a graphic designer, instructor, and band member. The award-winning book is his third literary work. He has previously published a novel and a collection of short stories.

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