Barbro Lindgren, born in 1937, is a very original and personal author. She trained at the Stockholm College of Arts, Crafts and Design. She has been awarded the Heffaklump prize from the newspaper Expressen, the Astrid Lindgren prize in 1973, the Nil ...
Barbro Lindgren, born in 1937, is a very original and personal author. She trained at the Stockholm College of Arts, Crafts and Design. She has been awarded the Heffaklump prize from the newspaper Expressen, the Astrid Lindgren prize in 1973, the Nils Holgersson plaque in 1977, the Grand Prize of the Society for the Promotion of Literature in 1991 and a number of other cultural awards and prizes.
Her debut was in 1965 with the books about Mattias, amiable records of everyday life. With the books about Lorange, she let her imagination have a free rein, although she vows that she has just picked out pieces of real life, using her own family as a model! She tells of her own childhood in the books about Little Sparrow, and in the three books about the older Barbro, Jättehemligt/Top secret, Världshemligt Super secret and Bladen brinner/Burning leaves. They hit the mark, are written using an ostensibly simple and uncomplicated language and became runaway best-sellers.
Barbro also writes for adults, with a rare melancholy undertone, and in Gröngölingen är på väg/The Greenhorn's on its Way she writes poetry, so self-evidently simple and beautiful. Together with Eva Eriksson she has also produced the wonderful books about Max (Sam) and Den vilda bebin/The Wild Baby, modern classics of Swedish children's literature.
Eva Eriksson has also illustrated Vems lilla mössa flyger?/Who's Little Cap Is Flying?, published in 1987 and Korken flyger/The Cork Is Flying from 1990, wonderfully quirky and personal books where the toys in Child-Hans' country give us an image of the world in miniature – with all its absurdity, cruelty and zest for living. In 1992, the picture book Bra Börje/Louie, with illustrations by Pija Lindenbaum, was published. In 1992, Barbro Lindgren was also awarded the culture grant from the Society for the Promotion of Literature. In 1997, Barbro was nominated for the August Prize for Andrejs längtan/Andrei's Search and in 1998 for Nämen Benny/Benny's Had Enough.
2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA)
2009 Illis Quorum (golden medal awarded by the Swedish government)
2007 The Selma Lagerlöf Foundation Literary Award
2004 The Evert Taube Scholarship
2004 The Astrid Lindgren Prize awarded by The Society of the Nine
2003 Poetry Prize awarded by the Gustaf Fröding Society
2003 Prize awarded by The World of Astrid Lindgren
2002 The Schullström Prize for Children’s Literature
1999 The Emil Prize
1991 The Swedish Grammis Award
1991 Prize awarded by the Society for Literature Promotion
1989 The BMF plaque (with Olof Landström) for Sunkan flyger
1977 The Nils Holgersson plaque for Lilla sparvel
1976 Literary Award established by the magazine VI
1973 The newspaper Expressen’s Heffaklump
1973 The Astrid Lindgren Prize
1970 The Swedish Grammis Award