A literary award presented to the Jewish writer Howard Jacobson will now allow him to officially pig out.
Jacobson, who is British, was presented with a pet pig at the Telegraph Hay Festival as part of his winnings for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction.
Speaking to a reporter, Jacobson said that as a Jew, he took no umbrage with the Festival’s choice of gift.
“I am not offended by the idea of a pig. I am not a ritualistic Jew. In fact I quite like the various things a pig becomes in one’s diet. I had eggs and bacon for breakfast.”
The pig, named Zoo Time after Jacobson’s latest novel, will remain on a farm where Jacobson promises to visit it and remain friends.
Jacobson was recently listed by The AlgemeinerÂ as a ‘Jewish 100â€² awardeeÂ for his contributions to Jewish society.
“Jacobson uses his lofty intellectual perch in the media to go after anti-Zionists and others who wish to do harm to the Jewish state,” said his entry.
Watch a video below of Jacobson talking about his pig prize: