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Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation

The Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation (ASLF) promotes cultural exchange between Sweden and the UK.

When George Bernard Shaw received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 the prize money was donated to the newly created Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation (ASLF). The patron of the foundation is the King of Sweden and the trustees include the Swedish Ambassador.

The purpose of the ASLF is "the encouragement of cultural intercourse between Sweden and the British Islands through the promotion and diffusion of knowledge and appreciation of Swedish culture in the British Islands".

Financial support

Financial support can be applied for in respect of:

  • English translation of Swedish literature commissioned by a UK publisher
  • Travel grants to British translators for visiting Sweden, and for Swedish writers coming to Britain
  • Translation of works within other art forms

Applications for financial support should be sent to:

The Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation
c/o Embassy of Sweden
11 Montagu Place
London W1H 2AL

Applications must be received by 1 May or 1 November.

Standing donations are given to:

The Bernard Shaw Translation Prize

In 1991 the ASLF instituted the Bernard Shaw Translation Prize. The £2000 prize is awarded every three years to a translator, for the best translation into English of a Swedish work, published for the first time by a UK publisher. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.

Last updated 13 Nov 2017, 2.37 PM