Author Vigdís Grímsdóttir was today awarded the annual Jónas Hallgrímsson Award for her novel, Vaknaðu Þyrnirós, with actor Gunnar Helgason receiving acknowledgement for his contribution to the support of Icelandic. This took place earlier today in Dalvík, North Iceland.
Today is the Icelandic Language Day, celebrated on November 16th every year. It coincides with the birthday of Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímsson. The award was presented by Minister of Education, Kristján Þór Júlíusson.
According to the selection committee, Vigdís has had a positive influence on the development of Icelandic culture. “She has both woken and lured us into her charming world that has since inspired directors and filmmakers towards creating something new.”
Gunnar Helgason received acknowledgement for his contributions to the support of the Icelandic language. His contributions range from television shows, visits to schools and novels aimed at children. His latest novels, Vítaspyrna í Vestmannaeyjum, Mamma Klikk!, and Pabbi Prófessor are listed as his most important works.