Translator Kate Briggs among this year’s Windham-Campbell prize winners. The Guardian
Tue 23 Mar 2021 06.15 AEDT
Editor: Kate Briggs translated Foucault’s Introduction to Kant’s Anthropology
One of the world’s richest literary awards, the Windham-Campbell prizes give an unrestricted grant of $165,000 to eight writers each year, celebrating “extraordinary literary achievement” by allowing them to “focus on their work independent of financial concerns”. This year’s recipients range from Briggs to the 85-year-old American memoirist Vivian Gornick. Organisers said the writers were all “pushing boundaries with brilliantly bold work, exploring deeply personal and political ideas around identity, race, sexuality and the immigrant experience”.
Briggs, who was born in the UK and now lives and teaches in Rotterdam, has published one book of her own, This Little Art, a mix of memoir and history about the art of literary translation, and has also translated writers including Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault. She described herself as “astonished by the news” of her win.