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Nothing novel about Jordan's prize

John Spain and Majella O'Sullivan

Published 02/06/2011 | 05:00

Neil Jordan in Listowel yesterday where he won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award at the Listowel Writers' Week festival for his novel 'Mistaken'
Neil Jordan in Listowel yesterday where he won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award at the Listowel Writers' Week festival for his novel 'Mistaken'

THE first time he won a prize in Listowel, he was an unknown author who had written a short story.

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Last night, Neil Jordan was back in the Co Kerry town to accept in person one of the country's top literary prizes, which he has won for the second time.

"I don't remember the story, isn't that terrible?" the Oscar-winning filmmaker said.

Jordan scooped the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award of €15,000 last night at the opening of the 40th Listowel Writers' Week.

He won this year's award for his latest novel, 'Mistaken', a story about two boys who grow up on opposite sides of Dublin in the 1960s.

"It means a lot to me to win this prize, it's wonderful because I've always enjoyed this festival," he told the Irish Independent.

Jordan becomes one of the few authors to have won this prize twice.

For more details on the festival visit writersweek.ie.

Irish Independent

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