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JK Rowling wins top prize at South Bank Show Awards

JK Rowling

Story by Jack Foley

AUTHOR JK Rowling has been presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts at the South Bank Show Awards in recognition of her incredible literary success with the much-loved Harry Potter series.

The literary sensation joins a list of illustrious previous winners, including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Richard Eyre, Helen Mirren, Richard Attenborough and The Who.

The top prize at this year’s South Bank Show Awards was accompanied by victories across the arts in categories including film, comedy, TV drama and theatre.

Director Shane Meadows picked up the Film Award for This Is England, beating off fierce competition from other nominees Control and Atonement.

And having narrowly missed out last year, the Arctic Monkeys scooped the prize for pop music with their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare.

Artist Andy Goldsworthy was presented with an accolade for his work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Thomas Adès, meanwhile, walked away with the award for Classical Music for Traced Overhead: The Musical World of Thomas Adès.

And the Theatre award went to Anne-Marie Duff on behalf of the full cast and crew of Saint Joan at The National Theatre. She attended the ceremony with her husband and star of Atonement, James McAvoy.

Further awards went to first time writing duo James Corden and Ruth Jones for Comedy (for Gavin & Stacey), while the cast of Channel 4’s Iraq drama The Mark of Cain received the award for TV Drama.

British poet Daljit Nagra won the Arts Council England Decibel Award for his debut collection entitled Look We Have Coming to Dover!

And Mohsin Hamid won for The Reluctant Fundamentalist in the Literature category.

The opera prize went to The Turn of The Screw at the ENO and the dance prize went to Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company at Sadler’s Wells.

Finally, The Times Breakthrough award was presented to up-and-coming violinist Jennifer Pike.

The South Bank Show Awards is broadcast on Sunday, February 3, 2008, on ITV1 at 10.40pm (GMT) and features performances from Westlife and Andrea Bocelli.

The winners at a glance:

Film
This Is England (Warp Films)

Comedy
Gavin and Stacey (BBC Three)

TV Drama
The Mark of Cain (Channel 4)

Theatre
Saint Joan (National Theatre)

Pop
Arctic Monkeys for ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’

Literature
Mohsin Hamid for ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

Classical Music
‘Traced Overhead: The Musical World of Thomas Adès’ (at the Barbican)

Visual Arts
Andy Goldsworthy at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Opera
‘The Turn of The Screw’ (English National Opera)

Dance
Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company (at Sadler’s Wells)

Arts Council England – decibel Award
Daljit Nagra for ‘Look We Have Coming To Dover!’

The Times Breakthrough Award
Jennifer Pike

Outstanding Achievement Award
JK Rowling

  1. I am absolutely delighted that Jennifer Pike (an amazingly talented young violinist)won The Times Breakthrough Award.Congratulations

    Halina Kent    Jan 30    #