Kirmen Uribe is one of the most significant writers of his generation in Spain. He won the National Prize of Literature in Spain in 2009 for his pioneering first novel Bilbao-New York-Bilbao. The novel has been translated into more than 15 languages including French, Japanese, Chinese and English. It was selected by Foyles as one of the 15 books of the year in the United Kingdom in 2014. His poetry collection Meanwhile Take My Hand (2007), translated into English by Elizabeth Macklin, was a finalist for the 2008 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. He writes in the Basque Language.