Thursday 23 November 2017

Female authors to fore on shortlist for awards

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Female authors dominate the shortlist for this year's Hennessy Literary Awards which are being judged by two acclaimed novelists.

Ireland's Claire Kilroy joined English author Rupert Thomson and Ciaran Carty – who edits the monthly 'New Irish Writing Page' published every month in the Irish Independent's 'Weekend Review' – at the French Ambassador's residence in Dublin where they began discussions, pictured above by Damien Eagers, to decide this year's winners. Speaking at the launch, Mr Carty said it is very noticeable women writers are coming more to the fore in recent years.

"Only four of the 18 shortlisted writers this year are men. Very often there are women who were writing a bit, but when they got married and had children, they just didn't have time to apply themselves," he said.

"But they came back to it later on – and some blossomed into full-time writers."

Meanwhile, Dublin City Libraries has officially launched its 'Dublin: One City One Book' initiative. James Plunkett's 'Strumpet City' is this year's choice. Full details on www.dublinonecityonebook.ie.

Irish Independent

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