Niall Bourke wins McLaverty Prize; Irish Writers Center Novel Fair winners revealed


Critics in The Irish Times this Saturday are Nicholas Allen on The Idea of ​​the Union, edited by John Wilson Foster and William Beattie Smith; Barry Houlihan on The Golden Thread: Irish Women Playwrights, Vols 1 & 2, 1716-2016, edited by David Clare, Fiona McDonagh and Justine Nakase; Seán Hewitt on new poetry collections by Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Tua Forsström, Lila Matsumoto and Paul Muldoon; John Banville on The Renaissance Cities: Art in Florence, Rome and Venice by Norbert Wolf, translated by Cynthia Hall; Enda Delaney on Irish London: A Cultural History 1850-1910 by Richard Kirkland; David Wheatley on The Book of All Books by Roberto Calasso, translated by Tim Parks; Sara Keating on Land of the Ever Young: An Anthology of Working People’s Writing for Children from Contemporary Ireland, edited by Jenny Farrell; Catherine Toal on Modernism, Empire, World Literature and the Novel of Irish Expatriates in Late Capitalist Globalization by Joe Cleary; and Sarah Gilmartin on Somebody Loves You by Mona Arshi.

Eason’s promotion for Saturday’s Irish Times book is Tana French’s The Searcher. You can buy a copy with your journal for just € 4.99, saving € 5.

Michael McLaverty Short Story Award winners, left to right: finalist Sadhbh Moriarty, winner Niall Bourke and finalist Dawn Watson

Niall Bourke, whose first Line novel was published this year by Tramp Press, won the Linen Hall Michael McLaverty Short Story Award for his story The Catch. The two finalists are Sadhbh Moriarty for Saint Caillín and The Carwash and Dawn Watson for The Condition of Stopped Time.

The winner will receive £ 2,000 and their story will be published in a limited edition anthology with the stories of the finalists, who also receive £ 250 each. The anthology titled The Catch and Other Stories will be available for purchase in Linen Hall for £ 5.

The award was created to foster and encourage the New Irish tradition and has been held every two years since 2006. McLaverty was one of the main supporters of the New Irish. His records were donated to the library by his executors in 2005.

Donal Ryan, who judged the award with Patsy Horton of Blackstaff Press, said: “The Catch is a brilliant work, an elegantly crafted study of the tension between tradition and pragmatism, as the young hunter opposes the ties of convention. The place and the action are rendered and fused so sublimely that the hand of the writer completely disappears, leaving the reader only witness and sharing the challenge of the hunter, his transgression and his triumph, to hear “every second that passes as it sought to settle down, the clamping coil of the present moment preparing to move against the future world.

The Irish Writers Center announced the 12 emerging writers who were selected from nearly 400 attendees to participate in Novel Fair 2022 on February 11-12, where they will showcase their work to top editors and agents in a series of one-to-one. a meeting.

The winners are: Rachel Blackmore, Conor Duggan, Brian Kelly, Brian Kirk, Alison Langley, Orla Mackey, Peter Murphy, Mike Murray, Hesse Phillips, James Richards, Phyllida Taylor and Linda Walsh. The 12 finalists are: Suzanne Carver, William Foley, Emer Hoare, Robin Kelly, Helen Lahert, AudreyMcCready, John McCullough, Gary McKeever, Catherine O’Brien, John O’Donnell, Aoife Sheehan and Cassie Smith-Christmas.

Judges were authors Cauvery Madhaven, Gavin Corbett and Neil Hegarty, who said: begging to be discovered.


Poetry Ireland and Stanford University have announced that Emma Tobin of Ireland and Lauren Green of the United States have been chosen from over 200 applicants to receive the inaugural Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award.

The program creates an annual opportunity for two emerging poets, each of whom will receive € 1,700, as well as three mentoring sessions by leading poets. The award was created to celebrate Eavan Boland and is presented with the support of the Casey / Boland family and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the United States Embassy in Dublin.

Poetry Ireland Director Niamh O’Donnell said: “Eavan was a champion of new voices, she cherished inclusiveness and fiercely opened doors to countless poets. Eavan has always maintained that there is a need to make room for new voices and we are delighted that this mission continues throughout the award. A big thank you to everyone who participated and to our two judges, Paula Meehan and Jane Hirshfield.

Tobin is a 24-year-old poet from Newbridge, Co Kildare, and has been featured in The Irish Times and in Caveat Lector, UCD’s student publication LitSoc. She holds an MA and MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin and is currently a doctoral candidate at the university.

Tobin said: “I am amazed and delighted that my poetry was recognized with an award in honor of Eavan Boland, who was a tireless champion of marginalized poets whose work sought to question what it meant to do art and human being. It is my first conviction that art – and in particular poetry – is a space where we can reimagine both our stories and our futures. It is a lesson in humility to be one of the very first recipients of an award that will undoubtedly inspire new voices in poetry for many years to come.

Lauren Green is based in New York. His chapbook, A Great Dark House, is forthcoming by the Poetry Society of America. She holds a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Texas-Austin.

Green said, “It is a tremendous honor to receive this award, which embodies Eavan Boland’s generosity and dedication to emerging poets. Hidden inner lives, neglected daily events, these are the depths through which Boland’s poems travel. She brought to the surface a fine understanding of human experience and in so doing, flooded them with light. I hope, one way or another, that my work can reflect a spark of compassion, insight and fortitude that she so fiercely embraced.


RTE Gold broadcaster Rick O’Shea has so far raised nearly € 40,000 in his annual Christmas Book Club appeal after Australian actor Russell Crowe and author Derek Landy each donated 5 000 €. this year are the Peter McVerry Trust and the DSPCA.

“In three years, we have raised more than € 115,000. And that’s not a small part of the change … ”said O’Shea. The call will remain open until January 1.

Readers can donate here.

Emily Cullen has been named the Meskell UL-Fifty Inaugural Poet-in-Residence in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Limerick.

Cullen has published three collections of poetry: Conditional Perfect (Doire Press, 2019), In Between Angels and Animals (Arlen House, 2013) and No Vague Utopia (Ainnir Publishing, 2003). She was responsible for the arts at NUI Galway; director of the Centenary Patrick Kavanagh in 2004 and director of the Cúirt International Literature Festival (2017-2019).

Professor Joseph O’Connor, Frank McCourt Chair of Creative Writing, said: “I sincerely thank Paddy and Darlene Meskell, whose generous support made this new role possible at UL Creative Writing. We are all extremely excited to have a writer and teacher of Emily Cullen’s talents join the team. As UL approaches its 50th anniversary in 2022/2023, it is wonderful that our relationship with the creative arts is deepening.

Lynn Buckle has been shortlisted for the 2021 Barbellion Prize. Her novel What Willow Says, published by epoque press, is the only Irish book on this international chart, which was founded by Jake Goldsmith to raise the voices of the disabled in literature. The winner will be announced in 2022. Buckle was also published last month in an Anthology of Deaf / Hard of Hearing Writers by Arachne Press, What Meets the Eye? The deaf point of view. Edited by Sophie Stone and Lisa Kelly, it includes a preface by poet Raymond Antrobus and is available in paperback and sign language videos.

Volume 7 of Winter Papers, the Irish annual anthology of the arts, was published by Curlew Editions last month. The West Cork Literary Festival hosts co-editor Kevin Barry e in conversation with three of the contributors – Alan McMonagle, Jess Raymon and Susanne Stich – on Tuesday, December 28 at 7 p.m. The video will be posted on the West Cork Literary Festival website and on the YouTube channel.


As part of her residency with Mayo Arts, author Elizabeth Reapy produced a five-part podcast on The Creative Process, produced by Donal McConnon, which features 17 writers with connections to Mayo, including Colin Barrett and Mike McCormack. You can listen to it on Spotify here or on the Mayo Arts Council page here.

An Post has published the 2021 Irish Stamp Directory, which contains the complete collection of 2021 Irish stamps, which have marked events and activities ranging from the exploration of Antarctica to the Irish pride and songwriters movement – acclaimed Irish performers, including Christy Moore and Hozier.

Aileen Mooney, An Post Irish Stamps, said: “Each year our stamp collection is inspired by some of the most exciting and remarkable events in our history and today, creating a time capsule for generations to come. . The 2021 Yearbook is a reminder of our challenges, inspirations and aspirations, as well as a recognition of important milestones and historic events in Ireland, which will benefit people of all ages and interests. “

It is now available on and can also be purchased at the GPO, Dublin.



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