Sara Danius. Photo: Mattias Ahlm/Sveriges Radio
Sara Danius. Photo: Mattias Ahlm/Sveriges Radio

Sara Danius to lead Nobel-awarding Swedish Academy

The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize in Literature each year, is to get its first female permanent secretary when Professor Sara Danius takes over in June next year.

Current Permanent Secretary Peter Englund announced Saturday night that he would be stepping down. He has held the post since 2009.

Danius joined the Academy last year, and Englund says of his successor: "I think she'll do the job better than I have". One of the jobs of the permanent secretary is to announce the winner of the Nobel Prize each year.

She is Professor of Aesthetics at Södertörn University and Docent of Literature at Uppsala University and has also worked as a literary critic at daily Dagens Nyheter. She is currently fighting cancer, something she will talk about in an upcoming programme on Swedish Radio.

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