Thursday, January 22, 2009
MARSH AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Sarah Ardizzone has won the £2,000 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation for her translation of Toby Alone by Timothee de Fombelle (Walker Books). It is the second time Ardizzone has won the Award: she took it in 2005 for Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac. She received it at the English-Speaking Union from Anthony Horowitz who made an excellent speech underlining the importance of translators. He congratulated especially the small publisher Aurora Metro for having three books on the short list and said that he would like to see Message in a Bottle by Valerie Zenatti (Bloomsbury) which takes the form of an email dialogue between an Israeli girl and a Palestinian boy in every secondary school.