Thursday 22 February 2018

I need new challenges at 51, says Irish Booker winner

Anne Enright: novelist won Man Booker Prize in 2007
Anne Enright: novelist won Man Booker Prize in 2007
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

AWARD-WINNING author Anne Enright said that middle age has encouraged her to draw up a bucket list – and writing for stage and the big screen are on the agenda.

The 51-year-old, who was honoured with the Man Booker Prize in 2007 for 'The Gathering', told the Irish Independent that since entering the "next phase" of her life, she wants to employ her skills in new areas.

Dublin-based Enright said there can be difficulties staying motivated in her line of work, so trying her hand at movies or stage productions would keep her interested.

"It is on the bucket list because I do meet great people worth working with in this industry," Enright said.

Mother-of-two Enright is currently writing her next book, expected to be released in 2015.

Despite having a prized literary accolade on her mantelpiece, Enright said that the creative process becomes more challenging with every project.

"Writing is incredible slow and the biggest challenge is mood management, not to despair over it.

"It's a really long process and you feel like you're in the middle of a marathon; you have to keep reminding yourself that if you keep going, something will come out of it and happen.

"It does sometimes feel like the closer you are to the middle of the project, the further away the finishing line feels. But you just have to hold your nerve and commend yourself when you get your word count down everyday."

Enright aims to put 200 words on paper daily and said that it has become such a mantra, she's contemplating getting the phrase '200 words a day' in a tattoo.

She was one of the judges for the inaugural Write Touch competition, in association with 'Hot Press' and Alcatel One Touch.

Thousands of students took part in the creative contest and that was whittled down to a shortlist of just 40.

The four overall winners were announced at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin yesterday. The third-level winners were DCU student Siobhan Casey (20) from Galway, and NUI Galway student Robert Dalton from Dublin. Maija Makela (18), from Presentation College Headford, Co Galway, and Fionn Harrington (16), from St Joseph's Secondary, Co Clare, were the second level winners.

Irish Independent

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