Canadian author Margaret Atwood wins 2016 Pen Pinter Prize

Date: June 18, 2016

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Margaret Atwood has been awarded with Pen Pinter Prize for the year 2016 for her contribution towards Political activism and speaks & act against violation of Human Rights.Margaret Atwood has said that she is humbled to win an award from PEN celebrating her political activism, describing herself as “a stand-in for the thousands of people around the world who speak and act against [human rights] abuses”.The Canadian novelist and poet is well known for her environmental campaigning.Judges praised Atwood's political activism, and described her as an "exemplary public intellectual".Atwood will formally receive the award at the British Library on 13 October, where she will also deliver an address.

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The PEN Pinter prize was set up seven years ago in memory of the Nobel prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, and is given to a writer of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Pinter himself on winning the Nobel, casts an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze upon the world and shows a “fierce intellectual determination ... to define the real truth of our lives and our societies”.