Wednesday 19 December 2018

An Post Irish Book Awards: Women writers dominate the winners' list

Liz Nugent receives the Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year award from Rachel Dugan. Photo: Pat Bolger
Liz Nugent receives the Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year award from Rachel Dugan. Photo: Pat Bolger
Cecelia Ahern
Happy Pear Brothers David and Stephen Flynn with Sabrina Van De Cotte. Picture: Frank McGrath
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Women authors dominated the winners' list for the first time at the An Post Irish Book Awards.

Among the list of winners last night were Liz Nugent, Sally Rooney, Emilie Pine and Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern

Now in its 13th year, the ceremony took place at Dublin's Clayton Hotel and was attended by some of the country's top writers, publishers, booksellers and media personalities.

Renowned Irish poet Thomas Kinsella received the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Happy Pear Brothers David and Stephen Flynn with Sabrina Van De Cotte. Picture: Frank McGrath
Happy Pear Brothers David and Stephen Flynn with Sabrina Van De Cotte. Picture: Frank McGrath

Liz Nugent won the Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year for 'Skin Deep', while Sally Rooney won the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year award for 'Normal People'.

Authors of 'The Importance of Being Aisling', Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen took home the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year award.

Meanwhile, Emilie Pine won the 'Sunday Independent' Newcomer of the Year for 'Notes to Self'.

Commenting on this year's winners, chairperson of the awards Maria Dickenson said they demonstrate the breadth of quality writing in Ireland, right across the different genres.

"It is also great to see so many female writers winning accolades this year.

"Many of them, including Emilie Pine, Sarah Webb, Lynne Ruane, Cora Staunton and Sally Rooney, are all writing about what it means to be a modern woman in contemporary Ireland and it is striking that these authors used the art of writing to tell their stories in such a truthful and honest way," she added.

RTÉ's Ryan Tubridy, who has recently published his new children's book, walked the red carpet at the awards and admitted to feeling like a "rookie" when it comes to writing.

"I'm really only in the hallway of the house of writing. All the writers here are real writers."

Irish Independent

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