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Monday 22 September 2014

Lucrative literary award for Eimear

Published 10/06/2014 | 05:40

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Eimear mcBride receiving her award for her debut novel at the Royal Festival Hall in London last week.

A woman who grew up in Tubbercurry has scooped a prestigious writing award for her debut novel.

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Eimear McBride won the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

She was born in 1976 to Northern Irish parents, the third of four children, and grew up first in Tubbercurry and later Castlebar.

She moved to the UK at 17 and spent the next three years studying acting at Drama Centre London.

When she was 27 she wrote her first novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing in six months and spent the next decade trying to get it published.

During this period she returned to Ireland and spent four years living in Cork City.

In 2011 she moved to Norwich, and it was there that she met Galley Beggar Press who would go on to publish the novel in June 2013.

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman celebrating excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world. Eimear was presented with a £30,000 prize and the 'Bessie', a limited edition bronze figurine.

The novel tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour.

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