A Cypriot writer is among the 12 winners of the European Union Prize for Literature.
The winners of the 2016 prize were announced on Tuesday at the European Commission by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
“With cultural and linguistic diversity at its heart, this prize honours new and emerging authors from across Europe, helping them reach new readers outside their home countries. Literature and the free written word enable us to better understand ourselves and others – something that is today more important than ever,” Navracsics said.
Antonis Georgiou, Cypriot author of the book Eνα αλπούμ ιστορίες (An Album of Stories), was named as one of these emerging authors this year. Georgiou studied law and works as a lawyer in Limassol. He also holds an MA in theatre studies and has written a number of short stories, poems and plays.
The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is open to the countries participating in Creative Europe, the EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors 2014-2020.
Each winner receives €5,000. More importantly, the authors benefit from extra promotion and international visibility at Europe’s major book fairs, including Frankfurt, London and Paris.
This year’s prize winners will be presented with their awards during a public ceremony at Concert Noble in Brussels on May 31.