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.

English sample & synopsis
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About author

Saara Turunen

Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. Much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms. Turunen is known for her three highly acclaimed novels - Irrational Things (2021), The Bystander (2018) and Love/Monster (2015), but also for her work in theatre. Her plays have been translated into 15 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen has received the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015, the Finland Prize in 2016, the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018 and the Lea-Prize in 2020, all high-profile awards given in Finland.


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