Faroese writer Bárður Oskarsson has been awarded the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2018 for the picture book “Træið” (The Tree), report Faroese news outlets.
This is the first time ever a Faroese children‘s book has won this particular price. What is more, this is just the second time ever Faroese literature has won a Nordic Council literary prize.
The DKK 350,000 prize was awarded last night at the Oslo Opera House in conjunction with the Session of the Nordic Council.
“Træið” is about Bob the rabbit, who is intrigued by what might be on the other side of the tree. Only once has he been by the tree to look but didn’t dare go further. Bob has a friend called Hilbert who claims that he’s been on the other side of the tree several times. He even says that he’s travelled the world, flying with his own wings. Bob is not quite sure what to believe…
Bárður Oskarsson (born in Tórshavn in 1972) made his debut as a children’s writer in 2004 with “Ein hundur, ein ketta og ein mús”, which won the West Nordic Council’s Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2006 and was given a special mention in White Ravens of the International children’s digital library that same year. “Stríðið um tað góða grasið” was similarly recognised in 2013.
Oskarsson’s books have been translated into Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, English, French, German, Slovenian, and Czech and have received numerous awards and accolades, including the 2007 Tórshavn Children’s Book Prize and the 2013 LUCHS Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis for the German edition of “Hin flata kaninin” (The Flat Rabbit, Owkids books 2014, translated by Marita Thomsen). In 2015 he was awarded the Faroese Cultural Fund’s annual grant. In 2016, the Swedish edition of “Ein hundur, ein ketta og ein mús” was nominated for the Swedish Peter Pan Prize, and the English translation of the 2016 book Wilbert was included in the IBBY Honour List.