Thursday 25 December 2014

Sebastian Barry honoured by Open University

Published 14/04/2014 | 02:30

Sebastian Barry (left) with fellow author Roddy Doyle and John D'Arcy, (right) National Director of the Open University, at Croke Park. Photo: Fennell Photography
Sebastian Barry (left) with fellow author Roddy Doyle and John D'Arcy, (right) National Director of the Open University, at Croke Park. Photo: Fennell Photography

TWO-time Man Booker prize nominee Sebastian Barry became an honorary citizen of the "great, benign country of the imagination that is The Open University" over the weekend.

Barry received the award of Doctor of the University at The Open University graduation ceremony held in Croke Park this weekend. "It is a huge honour and a great joy," he said after collecting the award.

The Open University recognised the playwright and author's outstanding contribution to the world of literature and drama.

Barry collected his doctorate alongside 167 Open University students from across Ireland who received degrees from University Pro-Chancellor, Lord Haskins.

The film adaptation of Barry's 2008 acclaimed novel 'The Secret Scripture' is due to go into production next month.

Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain and Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave will both play the lead role of Roseanne McNulty in the feature film. Kirsty Blake Knox

Irish Independent

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