The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.
A while ago we had an opportunity to speak with Nikos Chryssos, our 2019 winner from Greece. Nicos talks about what meeting other EUPL winners means to him, common themes he saw emerging between them, and why books and bookstores hold a special place in his heart.
Born in 1972 in Athens, Nikos Chryssos (Νίκος Χρυσός) studied at the Department of Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and at the Department of Film Direction at the School of Cinematography ‘Lykourgos Stavrakos’. He is the owner of an old books’ store in Athens. He wrote the novels The Secret of the Last Page (Το μυστικό της τελευταίας σελίδας, Kastaniotis Editions 2009) and New Day (Καινούργια μέρα, Kastaniotis Editions 2018). In 2014 he edited the annotated revised edition of the book Unforgettable Times (Αξέχαστοι καιροί) by Lefteris Alexiou as well as the collected volume Stories of Books (Ιστορίες βιβλίων), both published by Kastaniotis Editions. Since September 2018 he has been the Vice-President of the Greek Section of the ‘International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis’ (ISFNK).
Find out more: https://www.euprizeliterature.eu/authors/nikos-chryssos
Sophie Daull est la gagnante française du Prix de littérature de l'Union Européenne (EUPL) 2019. A l'occasion de sa présence à la Foire du Livre de Bruxelles le 8 mars 2020, journée internationale du droit des femmes, notre assistante EUPL française Aurore prend de ses nouvelles. La discussion aborde les retombées du prix, sa carrière d'écrivaine, la vulnérabilité de l'acte d'écriture, l'autocensure des femmes en littérature...
Sophie Daull est une comédienne et écrivaine née dans l’Est en 1965. C'est l'étude de la musique au Conservatoire National Supérieur de Strasbourg qui l'éveille très tôt à la pratique artistique. Depuis, son parcours s'oriente vers une recherche toujours plus fouillée du monde des lettres, des sons et du mouvement. Elle a dansé avec Odile Duboc, Georges Appaix et Jean Gaudin. Au théâtre, elle a travaillé avec Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman, Carole Thibaut, Jacques Lassalle, Hubert Colas, Alain Ollivier, Stéphane Braunschweig Alain Barsacq et Agathe Alexis, et plus récemment Elisabeth Chailloux et Roland Auzet.
Elle est l’auteure de Camille, mon Envolée (2015), Prix du Premier Roman du magazine Lire, de La Suture (2016) et de Au grand Lavoir (2018), publiés aux Editions Philippe Rey. Les deux premiers sont disponibles au Livre de Poche.
On entend régulièrement sa voix sur France Culture.
Isabelle Wéry was one of the winners from the EUPL 2013 issue, namely from Belgium. The EUPL team spoke with Isabelle ahead of a culture event with other EUPL winners in Brussels, Belgium.
Isabelle Wéry is a Belgian actress, theatre director and author. Born in Liège, she studied acting at INSAS in Brussels until 1991. In parallel with her work as an actress with a variety of directors, she writes and creates her own theatre works.
Three times nominated for the Prix de la Critique de Théâtre Belge (for the Seul en Scène category), she received the prize in 2008 for her original theatre piece La tranche de Jean-Daniel Magnin.
Her written debut for the stage was with La mort du cochon, for which she received her first nomination for the Prix du Theatre. At the Théâtre de la Vie, she directed her two other texts: Mademoiselle Ari nue and Juke-Box et Almanach. Ceci est mon corps, based on La vie sexuelle de Catherine M by Catherine Millet, is one of her latest creations for the stage. She also wrote Le Bazar des organes for the Compagnie SKBL, touring all over France.
She is also the author of the novel Monsieur René, an imaginary biography of the Belgian actor René Hainaux, as well as Saisons culottes amis (Yvette’s Poems), published in 2010. In 2013, her short story Skaï was published as part of a collection of Belgian authors, Feuillton, and her novel Marilyn désossée was published in 2013. Find out more.
David Machado was one of the winners from the EUPL 2015 issue, namely from Portugal. The EUPL team spoke with David ahead of a culture event with other EUPL winners in Brussels, Belgium.
David Machado was born in Lisbon in 1978. He has a degree in economics from ISEG, Lisbon's School of Economics and Management, but soon devoted himself to writing fiction and children's literature.
In 2005, he was awarded the Branquinho da Fonseca Prize for his children's book A Noite dos Animais Inventados and, in 2010, he was awarded the SPA/RTP Author Prize, in the category for Best Children and Youth book, for O Tubarão na Banheira.
He is the author of the short story collection Histórias Possíveis and the novels O Fabuloso Teatro do Gigante, Deixem Falar as Pedras and Índice Médio de Felicidade, as well as the children's books Os Quatro Comandantes da Cama Voadora, Um Homem Verde num Buraco Muito Fundo, A Mala Assombrada, Parece Um Pássaro and Acho Que Posso Ajudar. He has contributed work to the literary collections A Misteriosa Mulher da Ópera, Contos de Verão and O Segredo, and has published short stories in Portuguese and foreign newspapers and magazines.
Read more: https://www.euprizeliterature.eu/authors/david-machado.
Carolina Schutti was one of the winners from the EUPL 2015 issue, namely from Austria. The EUPL team spoke with Carolina ahead of a culture event with other EUPL winners in Brussels, Belgium.
Carolina Schutti was born in 1976 in Innsbruck, where she still lives. She studied German philology, English and American Studies, concert guitar and classical voice. After several years of teaching and following her PhD on Elias Canetti, she taught at the University of Florence, followed by a post as a research assistant at Literaturhaus am Inn. From 2009-2013 she was a board member of Brenner Forum in Innsbruck as well as a member of the board of trustees of Brenner-Archiv. Her publications include essays on literary studies, literary reviews and other texts in literary magazines. She coordinates and moderates literary events and interdisciplinary projects, works as a juror, gives lectures on poetry and holds training seminars in the field of Neue Literatur.
Read more: https://www.euprizeliterature.eu/authors/carolina-schutti.
Gabriela Babnik was one of the winners from the EUPL 2013 issue, namely from Slovenia. The EUPL team spoke with Gabriela ahead of a culture event with other EUPL winners in Brussels, Belgium.
Gabriela Babnik was born in 1979 in Göppingen, Germany. She completed her studies in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana in 2005, where she also obtained her Master’s degree on the modern Nigerian novel in 2010. Since 2002, she has been regularly publishing literary criticism, interviews, commentary, reports and essays in literary-cultural magazines and supplements such as Literatura, Mentor, Ekran, Poetikon, Književni listi, Pogledi and others. Her first novel Koža iz bombaža (Cotton Skin, 2007) received the award for the Best Debut Novel at the Slovenian National Book Fair in 2007. Her second novel V visoki travi (In the Tall Grass, 2009) was shortlisted for the “Kresnik Award” for the best novel of the year in 2010. Her third novel, Sušna doba (Dry Season, 2012), was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013, and was translated into 13 languages. English translation of Dry season was nominated for International Dublin Literary award, and in 2016 listed amongst six best EU translated novels. Her novel Intimaley (Intimno, Beletrina, 2015) was shortlisted for the Kresnik Award. In spring 2019 her new nvel Three deaths is comming out. As a literary critic, she was honoured with the “Josip Stritar” Young Critics Award in 2013. She is also writing radio plays and short stories.
Read more: https://www.euprizeliterature.eu/authors/gabriela-babnik
Marta Dzido was born in 1981; writer, documentary filmmaker and film editor. Graduated at the Polish Film School in Łódź. Author of three novels: "A Mark Left by Mom" (2003), "The Clam"; (2005), hypertext "Matrioszka"; (2013) and a non-fiction book "Women of Solidarity" (2016). Director of photography of the documentary "Underground Women’s State" (2009) and co-director of ;"Downtown"; (2010), a documentary that has won the Hollywood Eagle Documentary Award in 2011. Screenwriter, co-director and editor of “Solidarity according to Women” (2014, Krzysztof Kieslowski Beyond Borders Award, special award of Polish Film Institute) and docudrama "Women Power" (2018).
Giovanni Dozzini was born in Perugia (1978) where he still lives today. He works as both a journalist and an interpreter. His articles have been published in several internationally acclaimed newspapers including “Europa”, “Huffington Post Italia”, “Pagina99”, “Onda Rock” and “Nazione Indiana”. Since 2014, Giovanni has been a member of the organizing committee for Encuentro, a festival that aims to promote Spanish literature in Umbria. Music is a passion of his, often defining himself as a "failed rock-star".
Piia Leino was born in 1977. She lives in Helsinki with her family, and has worked as a journalist at the Finnish News Agency, STT, for almost two decades. She got her Master’s degree in social studies, majoring in journalism, from University of Tampere in 2004. She also studied creative writing for two years at the renowned Kriittinen korkeakoulu (Critical Academy) in Helsinki in 2015-2017.
Her second novel is literal dystopian novel TAIVAS (2018, “Heaven”). Her first novel was RUMA KASSA (2016, “The Ugly Cashier”, publ. Johnny Kniga) was about reality tv and the pressures women face. Her third novel will be published in 2020.
As an author she writes to understand how society works, and where it is headed. Her interests include popular culture, social media and politics.
Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears was published by Liberties Press in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by a short story collection, Children’s Children in 2016, and a flash fiction anthology, Postcard Stories (2017): every day in 2015 Jan Carson wrote a short story on the back of a postcard and mailed it to a friend. Each of these tiny stories was inspired by an event, an overheard conversation, a piece of art or just a fleeting glance of something worth thinking about further. The success of this collection lead to Jan Carson becoming the Irish Writers Centre’s first Roaming Writer-In-Residence, 2018, working with aspirant authors who also created ‘postcard stories’.
Published in journals such as Storm Cellar, Banshee, Harper’s Bazaar and The Honest Ulsterman, Jan Carson received an Arts Council NI Artist’s Career Enhancement Bursary in 2014. She was longlisted for the Sean O’Faolain short story prize in 2015 and won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition in 2016. In 2014/15, she collaborated with local songwriter Hannah McPhillimy to produce an EP of songs based on her first novel. Hannah and Jan performed this material at music and literary festivals throughout Europe.
More about Jan: http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/authors/jan-carson
Poet and author Ófeigur Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavík on November 2, 1975. He has published six books of poetry and two novels. Ófeigur has tried his hand at a number of things: working as a uniformed night-watchman at a hotel, pre-packing ham and bacon at a factory farm, exercising his brawn as a dock worker, and exercising his brains as a student at the Philosophy Department of the University of Iceland, from where he received his BA degree in 2007, with a thesis on the taboo and transgression in the works of Georges Bataille. Ófeigur is at the forefront of a poetic movement of dynamic young creative people, who have recently had a hand in reshaping the form of Icelandic poetry. He has translated literature and written for radio on writers including Louis-Ferdinand Céline and Michel Houellebecq.
To read more about the author, visit his profile on the EUPL website: http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/author/2011/ofeigur-sigurdsson