The Literary Manager of Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre has been awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Katherine Mendelsohn was presented with the medal by the French Ambassador, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne in recognition for her work with Francophone writers at the Traverse Theatre and for other UK theatres.

Past recipients of the award have included Tim Burton, Marion Cotillard, Rudolf Nureyev, Philip Glass, Declan Donnellan and Kylie Minogue. Katherine will be the only member of a Scottish organisation to receive the award this year, which is issued by the French government to up to 200 recipients internationally.

Katherine is Literary Manager and head of the literary department at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, where she has been working for over ten years. In 2000, Katherine launched the Traverse Theatre’s international translation commissioning scheme for contemporary plays, Playwrights in Partnership, linking leading foreign-language playwrights with their British counterparts to produce international contemporary plays onstage in the UK.

In 1957 the French Ministry of Culture established the Order to honour and recognise significant contributions to the arts, literature and the propagation of these fields. The role of the Order has been enhanced by the Minister of Culture, André Malraux, in the government of President Charles de Gaulle. The Order has three levels, Chevalier, Officier and Commandeur.