Sunday 24 June 2018

Mike McCormack wins €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award for Solar Bones

Mike McCormack has won the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Mike McCormack has won the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Mayo writer Mike McCormack has won the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel Solar Bones.

Worth €100,000 it is the world's most lucrative literary prize for a single novel published in English.

Solar Bones was first published in 2016 by independent Irish publisher Tramp Press, and won the prestigious Goldsmiths Prize and was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker.

McCormack was one of two Irish authors who had been shortlisted for the prize (alongside Eimear McBride). 

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

The shortlist, which included six men and four women from Ireland, Mexico, Norway, France, Italy, America, Germany and South Africa, was drawn from the 150 titles nominated by public libraries in 111 cities around the world.

Previous Irish winners include Kevin Barry's 'City of Bohane' (2013), 'Let the Great World Spin' by Colum McCann (2011), and Colm Tóibín's 'The Master' (2006).

The Arts Council has extended congratulations to McCormack.

Sheila Pratschke, Chair of the Arts Council said, “Mike has a long relationship with the Arts Council, through our residency programmes, bursary awards and, most recently, through his appointment to Aosdána, and we have known for many years that he is a writer of astonishing talent.”

She added, "In Solar Bones, Mike McCormack has created a work of profound beauty, humanity and grace; he has stretched and challenged our idea of the novel and, in so doing, has crafted a masterpiece."

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