Award Winner in 2002:
I will always remember the warm, enthusiastic welcome I received as a foreigner daring to have written about Hans Christian Andersen, when I arrived in Odense in 2002. Receiving the award did not shape my biography of the writer, because I had already finished it, but the experience did give me the confidence and enhanced insight – based on conversations with many Danish experts there – to edit a new translation of Andersen’s tales which came out in England and America in 2004 and has been popular ever since. The sense I gained in Odense of Andersen as a Dane who was also a citizen of the world influenced my selection of the tales for this volume, and continues to shape my understanding of his writing. Thank you to you all!
Jackie Wullschlager, United Kingdom for her Andersen biography, The Life of a Storyteller