Olga Tokarczuk to set up foundation

The support and promotion of Polish and global art and culture, as well as protection of human rights, civil freedoms and the environment are all aims to be included in the statute of a foundation that the winner of the 2018 Literature Nobel Prize Olga Tokarczuk intends to set up.

Ms Tokarczuk announced on Monday that she would donate PLN 350,000 (EUR 81,500) to the foundation, which is likely to be registered in January.

The writer said she had appointed director Agnieszka Holland to the foundation's council as well as the director of the Wrocław Literature House, writer Ireneusz Grin.

"The foundation will undertake to counteract discrimination, to promote women's rights and provide support for the development of the Lower Silesian region," Ms Tokarczuk said, adding that the foundation will conduct cultural and artistic activities including organising stipendiums and artistic residencies.

"We also want to initiate ecological activities focused on the protection of the natural environment”, she said.

"We aim to raise public awareness in this field and act for the humane treatment of animals", Ms Tokarczuk added.