Saara Turunen awarded Finland Prize for contribution to culture

Author and director Saara Turunen has been recognised by the Finnish government for her contribution to culture today! The annual Finland Prize is granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture to eight recipients in recognition of their work – spanning music, literature, art and architecture. Alongside Saara, this year’s recipients also included singer Saara Aalto, and author Sirpa Kähkönen, who all received their awards from minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.

Saara’s 2015 Helsingin Sanomat Prize-winning debut novel, Love/Monster, published in paperback in October, also takes place in the theatre world and exemplifies her ability to distil the feelings and contradictions of modern life, and in getting to the heart of the matter.

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Saara Turunen

Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms. Turunen has authored two higly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018. Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015. In addition to her work as a novelist, Turunen is also known for her plays The Bunny Girl, The Broken Heart Story and The Phantom of Normality. They have garnered brilliant reviews and been translated into 13 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was granted with Finland prize in 2016, a high profile award given annually by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.


Saara Turunen


2015, Literary

Saara Turunen

The Bystander

2018, Literary

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