Author Christine Haidegger died on Sunday at the age of 79. She was the founder of the Salzburg authors’ group and was also involved in setting up the Salzburg Literature House.
Haidegger, who was born in Dortmund on February 27, 1942, has lived in Salzburg since the mid-1950s, where she campaigned intensively for the literary scene. Among other things, she founded the Salzburg Authors’ Group (SAG) and was then involved in building up the Salzburg Literature House.
“Christine Haidegger discovered numerous talents”
“We owe a tremendous amount to Christine Haidegger,” writes Gerhard Ruiss from IG Authors Authors about the deceased, describing her as a tireless representative of the interests of authors and literature. “She discovered numerous authors who are very well known today,” remembers Ruiss.
Christine Haidegger published numerous novels, short stories, travelogues, plays and poems in the course of her life. She has received several awards for her creative work and her commitment to the literary scene, including the City of Salzburg Culture Prize, the Georg Rendl Literature Prize (1984), the Salzburg State Culture Prize (1990), and the Max-von-der-Grün Prize (2002) or the Salzburg Poetry Prize (2005). In 2002 she also received the Golden Merit of the State of Salzburg.