James Krüss Award Ceremony


Despite the sad news of Queen Elizabeth's death, it was a lovely evening on September 8, 2022, when British author David Almond and his translator Alexandra Ernst were awarded the 2022 James Krüss Prize.

"Almond's texts, open in the best sense of the word, are carried by empathy, humour and a great delight in language play in tangible proximity to the texts of James Krüss." 
This is a small excerpt from the jury statement for the James Krüss Prize 2022
The prize promotes narrative art, cosmopolitanism and tolerance in memory of the German poet and writer James Krüss. This year it was awarded for the sixth time by the International Youth Library on behalf of the James Krüss Erbengemeinschaft for an outstanding work of children's or youth literature. 

We would like to thank Paul Smith (Director of the British Council in Germany), Maria Kafitz (Verlag Freies Geistesleben), laudator Fridtjof Küchemann (FAZ), and of course the James Krüss Heirs Association, represented by Ulrike Schuldes, and the audience. They all contributed to making it an unforgettable evening.

© Photo David Almond: Keith Morris / Alamy Stock Photo
© Photo Alexandra Ernst: private