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Finnish poet wins SPE’s best debut book award

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Finnish poet Pauli Tapio has won the Bridges of Struga Award for best debut book, presented by the Struga Poetry Evenings (SPE) in cooperation with UNESCO, for his book ‘Sparrows and Time (Varpuset ja aika).

Out of 23 books from 13 countries considered for the award, Tapio’s Sparrows and Time fascinated with its precision and depth, the Struga Poetry Evenings said Tuesday in a statement calling the book ‘mature, complex and extremely skillfully composed.’

The awarded book will be published in Finnish, Macedonian and English and presented during the 2018 festival of poetry in Struga in August, where the prize will be also presented to the poet.

Born in 1986, Pauli Tapio is also a literary critic, event organized and translator, who had studied Finnish literature and Russian language in Helsinki.