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Beautiful award ceremony when Hartnett recieved prize

Wonderful sun, a great audience and some of Sweden's finest artists on stage when Sonya Hartnett received the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

None looked happier than laureate Sonya Hartnett when H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria presented the award, made by artist Oskar Korsár and calligraphed by Annika Rücker. The award ceremony was broadcasted live on Swedish television and  hosted by Kattis Ahlström. The Swedish Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth gave a speech.

Sonya Hartnett thanked the jury and the Swedish people for the award and for regarding children's and young people's literature with such high regard.