BRAY WRITER MICHAEL O'HIGGINS scooped the Hennessy XO trophy for Emerging Fiction 2009 at an awards ceremony last week in Trinity College. Michael's short story 'The Migration' was the subject of the award. He also won the First Fiction prize in 2007 for his story 'The Great Escape'. Prior to becoming a barrister, Michael worked as a journalist for Hot Press and Magill magazine. He became a Senior Council in 2000. At present he is working on a novel entitled 'Connections' which he hopes will be published soon.
Other awards presented on the night included First Fiction to Madeleine D'Arcy for her story 'Is This Like Scotland?' and Emerging Poetry to Olive Broderick for her poems 'Misconception' and 'Market Forces'.
There were 18 short listed writers in the three categories. The winner of each category received a prize of €1,500 and a specially commissioned sculpture.
The panel presented awards to the winning writers in front of over 160 guests from the worlds of literature, film, the Arts and fashion in the opulent surroundings of the Dining Hall at Dublin's Trinity College.
Previous winners include leading Irish writers such as Bray's Anne Enright, Joseph O'Connor, Colum McCann, Frank McGuinness, Pat McCabe, Marina Carr, Hugo Hamilton and Dermot Bolger