Swedish writer/director Suzanne Osten receives the 20th STIG DAGERMAN AWARD for her groundbreaking work with children's theater elevating its status both in Sweden and abroad. Älvkarleby, Sweden, 2015 www.dagerman.se
The annual Stig Dagerman Award, issued by the Stig Dagerman Society, was first given in 1996 to a victim of bullying. It was inspired by Dagerman's poem En dag om året that sets forth a vision of peace by imagining one day each year when the world is free from violence.
En dag om året borde alla låtsas
Why don't we make believe just once a year
Read the entire poem in Swedish or in translation by Laurie Thompson.
The Dagerman Award is given to a person who, or an organization that, in the spirit of Stig Dagerman, supports the significance and availability of the "free word" (freedom of speech), promotes empathy and inter-cultural understanding. The recipient receives 50,000 SEK from the Society in cooperation with Älvkarleby local authorities.
The Dagerman Society has gained much notoriety for giving the Stig Dagerman Award in June to no less than two authors (Elfriede Jelinek and J.M.G. Le Clézio), who later—in December—the same year, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature!
There are many well-known recipients of the Stig Dagerman Award like Swedish filmmakers Lukas Moodysson and Roy Andersson, as well as Turkish writer Yasar Kemal, the Iranian poet Ahmad Shamloo, and British journalist Gitta Sereny. The list goes on. For more info in Swedish, see www.dagerman.se.
Ingen Människa Är Illegal (No One Is Illegal)
Ingen Människa Är Illegal (No One Is Illegal) is a Swedish youth network whose mission is to help illegal immigrants to Sweden stay in the country. IMÄI receives the award because its members act in the deeply humanist spirit of Stig Dagerman; bravely going against the grain and incorporating methods of civil disobedience to show solidarity with those of us who are the most vulnerable and without rights. Read more.
Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian human rights activist, writer, and psychiatrist
Nawal El Saadawi receives the Dagerman Award as she through her life-long commitment is demonstrating the meaning of freedom, its goals and its obligations, thus provoking insight to all of us into the essence and price of freedom.
|2011||Judit Benedek/SOS Romer|
|2010||Eduardo Galeano, Uruguyan writer, poet, journalist and activist|
|2009||Birgitta Wallin, translator, and editor of the intercultural Swedish magazine “Karavan”|
J.M.G. Le Clézio, French writer
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio fills the white paper of his books with the most beautiful combinations of words that spring from an acute awareness of the unjust and unnecessary conditions of the most vulnerable and rejected of people. In his literary testimony, we can all see ourselves, our time, our place, our own vulnerability and our freedom.
|2007||Lasse Berg, Swedish journalist|
|2006||Sigrid Kahle, Swedish journalist|
Göran Palm, Swedish writer
Göran Palm receives the Dagerman Award for his writing that has deepened and expanded the reach of free expression to voices that we have never before been able to be heard.
Elfriede Jelinek, Austrian writer
Elfriede Jelinek receives the Dagerman Award because of her writing that so completely expresses our times. In her extensive text-surfaces Heidegger meets CNN and Greek gods are paired with modern day icons; her writing is one that borrows and steals, connects and breaks apart; writing where myth is deconstructed and even Disney's chipmunks get their own essay. Everything is executed through a frontal attack of language that allows surface to become depth and depth to become surface in order to provoke us to become participants, to take a position, to THINK.
|2003||Lukas Modysson, Swedish filmmaker|
|2002||Gitta Sereny, British historian and journalist|
|2001||Elise Johansson, Swedish writer|
|2000||Roy Andersson, Swedish filmmaker|
|1999||Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet|
|1998||The Swedish Public ("People's") Library|
Yasar Kemal, Turkish writer
Writer and journalist Yasar Kemal receives the Dagerman Award for having used his words and language, relentlessly without compromise for half a century, as a possible human path toward lasting peace and freedom.
|1996||John Hron, young victim of hate crime in Sweden|
En dag om året
En dag om året
En dag om året borde alla låtsas,
Världskatastrofen sover lugnt och stilla
Inga män blir plötsligt sönderbrända
Just Once a Year
Why don't we make belive just once a year
Tempests and floods have taken a vacation,
No one's throwing bombs in crowded places,
Stig Dagerman, February 23, 1954.
Translation by Laurie Thompson, Daily Doses, Lampeter, 1990.