Daniel Hahn

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Hahn at the 2016 Hay Festival

Daniel Hahn (born 26 November 1973) is a British writer, editor and translator.[1]

He is the author of a number of works of non-fiction, including the history book The Tower Menagerie,[2] and one of the editors of The Ultimate Book Guide, a series of reading guides for children and teenagers.,[3] the first volume of which won the Blue Peter Book Award. Other titles include Happiness Is a Watermelon on Your Head (a picture-book for children),[4] The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain and Ireland (a reference book), brief biographies of the poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Percy Bysshe Shelley, and a new edition of the Oxford Companion to Children's Literature.[5]

His translation of The Book of Chameleons[6] by José Eduardo Agualusa won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007.[7] His translation of A General Theory of Oblivion, also by José Eduardo Agualusa, won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, with Hahn receiving 25% of the €100,000 prize.[8] His other translations include Pelé's autobiography[9] and work by novelists José Luís Peixoto, Philippe Claudel, María Dueñas, José Saramago, Eduardo Halfon, Gonçalo M. Tavares, and others.

A former chair of the Translators Association and the Society of Authors, as well as national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation, he currently serves on the board of trustees of the Society of Authors and a number of other organisations working with literature, literacy and free expression, including English PEN, The Children's Bookshow and Modern Poetry in Translation.

In 2017, Hahn donated half his winnings from the International Dublin Literary Award to help establish a new prize for debut literary translation - the TA First Translation Prize.[10]


  1. ^ [1] Archived 8 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Williams, Hywel (2003-03-22). "Review: The Tower Menagerie by Daniel Hahn". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  3. ^ "The Ultimate Book Guide". Ultimatebookguide.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  4. ^ 1972-, Dreis, Stella,. Happiness is a watermelon on your head. Hahn, Daniel,. London. ISBN 9781907912054. OCLC 757148898.
  5. ^ Daniel,, Hahn,. The Oxford companion to children's literature. Morpurgo, Michael,, Carpenter, Humphrey,, Prichard, Mari, (Second ed.). Oxford. ISBN 9780199695140. OCLC 907725751.
  6. ^ Daniel Hahn. "New Book Releases, Bestsellers, Author Info and more at Simon & Schuster". Authors.simonandschuster.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090322015222/http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/independent-foreign-fiction-prize-won-by-angolan-writer-447084.html. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/news/the-2017-winner-is-announced/
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ https://www.thebookseller.com/news/hahn-donates-idla-prize-pot-fund-ta-first-translation-prize-573991

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