Wednesday 22 October 2014

Banville and McBride top of the world after double literary win

Edel Kennedy and Emma Jane Hade

Published 05/06/2014 | 02:30

Repro Free -- Author Eimear McBride has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for her novel, A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing. The prize was announced as Listowel Writers Week opened for the 43rd time last night and where she was presented with her award by Mr Denis Buckley Chairman Kerry Group PLC. The coveted 15,000 award is the largest monetary prize for a novel available solely to Irish authors
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       www.dwalshphoto.com PRESS INFO Eimear McBride Wins KERRY GROUP IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014  Debut author announced as 19th winner of literary prize as the 43rd edition of Listowel Writers Week officially opens Author Eimear McBride has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for her novel, A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing. The prize was announced as Listowel Writers Week opened for the 43rd time last night. The coveted 15,000 award is the largest monetary prize for a novel available solely to Irish authors. Joining Eimear on the shortlist were Deirdre Madden, Colum McCann, Frank McGuinness and Donal Ryan. This first novel from McBride has taken the literary world by storm, winning the Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction and being short-listed for the Bailey Prize.  It tells the story of young womans relationship with her brother and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Speaking about the 2014 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, commented, Our Award which celebrates excellence in Irish fiction writing grows in stature each year. This years shortlist included the work of five exceptional Irish writers, each of whom has showcased the breadth of talent Ireland has to offer and will inevitably continue to contribute to Irish literature on the world scene. Congratulations to our Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year winner
Author Eimear McBride

Irish writers John Banville and Eimear McBride have achieved a remarkable double literary success by claiming two prestigious international prizes.

Wexford's Banville has won Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for Literature for 2014, the country's equivalent of a Nobel Prize.

And newcomer McBride, who grew up in Sligo and Mayo, has won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in Britain for her debut novel 'A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing'.

Banville (68) will receive a €50,000 cash prize after beating off competition from 23 other authors from countries including Argentina, Cuba, Chile, China, Egypt, Italy and Japan.

Speaking afterwards the author said: "It is a great pleasure and an honour to be awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature 2014.

"I know how wonderful this award is, both culturally and historically, and honestly, I am very proud that my name is to be added to the long list of great writers who have received it."

The latest accolade comes after he received his highest award – the 2005 Man Booker Prize – for 'The Sea'.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old McBride picked up her award last night in London.

The writer, who moved to London at the age of 17, drew upon her own childhood as inspiration for the book, including her brother's battle with cancer.

Helen Fraser, chairman of the judging panel, said of the book: "It was very unlike anything else we read. It has an incredible, raw energy that really excites you as a reader."

McBride, a mother of one, will receive a prize of almost €37,000.

Irish Independent

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