J. K. Rowling Receives Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in Denmark, Updated: Video and Images

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Oct 19, 2010

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Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling was on hand in Odense, Denmark today to be the first recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Literature prize. The BBC has video online from the event, which features Ms. Rowling receiving the award as well as her acceptance speech. Watch right here!
Update 2: J. K. Rowling’s full speech can now be viewed via this link.

The first set of photos from the event are starting to appear online and can be seen via this link to our Image Galleries.
Update: MSNBC now has a report online which notes:

She is the first recipient of the 500,000 kroner ($93,352) award, which was handed out Tuesday at a ceremony in Odense, Andersen’s hometown.

The prize is given to a person who can be compared with Andersen, the Danish writer who was born in 1805 and wrote some 160 fairy tales and poems before his death in 1875.

As we reported previously, this honor is given in the name of the prolific author of classic fairy tales such as The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling and many more beloved stories. We expect more online from the event shortly, so please stay close to Leaky for the latest.





25 Responses to J. K. Rowling Receives Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in Denmark, Updated: Video and Images

Avatar ImageSauvium says: Go J.K. !! :) She completely deserves it.Avatar ImageLucida says: Hurray for JK!Avatar ImageLynndis says: I was there. It was absolutely amazing and she deserves the award more than anyone else. Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: and let's not forget Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid" and "The Matchstick Girl." gave me nightmares when i was 11, LOVE IT! this just makes me want jo to publish something so badly. anything. her shopping list would do.Avatar ImageCatherine says: That is so awesome!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Jo, you deserve it more than anyone that comes to mind (and really no one does, except you)!!!!! Love the outfit as usual!Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: The article from www.dr.dk stipulates that Jo is suffering from writer's block - what she actually said during the press conference was "after I finished Harry Potter, I had the oppposite of a writer's block. Suddenly, I had all those ideas, which I set aside because of Harry Potter." I saw a clip from the press con - it was just TOTALLY botched by the reporter.Avatar Imagehonigmuffin says: Congratulations! =DAvatar ImageLynndis says: I agree with chikicorpuzvesterbaek! Honestly I was disgusted by the way that they turned it around. I read the article too and it's completely bs. Pardon my French, but it is. I mean come on. I know I'm a Dane, but other Danes should learn english and learn how to listen as well. Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: @lynndis: they should! LOL part of me wants to send a mail to DR and tell them to send more competent interviewers. there was this segment in TV2, hvor kids were given a chance to ask theie own questions to jo - and they did a better job. pretty insightful questions from kids. jo was right, children are usually the most demanding , yet the most fulfilling readers as well.Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: @lynndis: they should! LOL part of me wants to send a mail to DR and tell them to send more competent interviewers. there was this segment in TV2, hvor kids were given a chance to ask theie own questions to jo - and they did a better job. pretty insightful questions from kids. jo was right, children are usually the most demanding , yet the most fulfilling readers as well.Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: @lynndis: they should! LOL part of me wants to send a mail to DR and tell them to send more competent interviewers. there was this segment in TV2, hvor kids were given a chance to ask theie own questions to jo - and they did a better job. pretty insightful questions from kids. jo was right, children are usually the most demanding , yet the most fulfilling readers as well.Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: SORRY - touchpad gne haywire!Avatar Imageroller says: God Bless you Jo ! Just wanted to say WAY TO GO ! Keep up all the great stories!! Harry Potter will always rule in my mind & heart! He's a lot like me! I also feel close to Nevil & Luna also See a lot of the time I feel like I Don't fit in anywhere ether you see I have (CP) ! I feel left out a lot. Harry tries to include everyone even if they're different !!! That's only one of the Many Reasons I Love Him & Dan Evey Much! And Always will 4 ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111Avatar ImageSlyBones says: JK deserves it!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagetaoist1 says: She MUST write more Potter stories!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Congratulations J.K. Rowling!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: Scottish book pleaseAvatar Image2tal says: For The Tales of Beedle the Bard no doubt!;D Well deserved!!!Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: Congratulations Jo, a very very very well deserved award! God i love that woman! I agree with everything she said, childrens literature should not be watered down. I spent a few months working in a school and i was the one the children read their books to everyday, and my god the mindless and thoughtless things they read to me! It was just words on a page, not a world to lose yourself in, not characters to fall in love with, just words. I struggle with the whole "well as long as they're reading something, it doesn't matter what it is" thing, is it unreasonable to want childrens stories to be engaging, challenging and captivating? *climbs down from soap-box* Anyway, congrats Jo, please keep writing, i don't mind if its not Harry Potter!Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: The point i was trying to get across is that, if people go down the, 'as long as children are reading it doesn't matter what it is' route, then you might as well hand them the phone book! *climbs down from soap-box again* :DAvatar ImageWeenyOwl says: There's no doubt that JKR is deserving of this honor, and it is especially prestigious to be the first one ever selected for it. But I'm a little perplexed about the cash award that goes with it. It seems to me that anyone whose body of work is demonstrably comparable to that of Hans Christian Andersen is very likely someone who doesn't really need the money. Certainly for JKR, $93K is chump change (and my guess is that she will punt it to one of her favorite charities). For a writer trying to get established, on the other hand, having such a sum fall into your lap would mean two or three years of having the luxury of enough time to crank out a novel instead of having to piece together other bits of journeyman work in order to make ends meet. But such a person would by definition not even be considered for an award like this. I'm thinking that the Hans Christian Andersen Literary Prize makes more sense as being an honor only. Then the organizers could find some poor-but-talented zhlub to support with the money they've raised while he or she gets that great first novel written.Avatar ImageCDR says: You deserve it,Jo!!! Well done!!!!!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: She MUST write more Potter stories!!!!!! Please!Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: She seemed a bit nervous. Anyway, i guess, congrats Jo! Avatar ImageTheWizard says: I was there. It was awesome.. and, oh yeah, I got her autograph :D

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