Tuesday 20 August 2019

Irish author Barry wins €14,000 literary award

Mark O'Regan

A BOOK centred on John Lennon and set off the west coast of Ireland has been awarded a literary prize worth €14,000.

Irish author Kevin Barry was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize for 'Beatlebone'.

Set in Ireland in 1978, it tells of the former Beatle taking a "magical mystery tour to an island off the west coast of Ireland".

It imagines a disillusioned Lennon returning to the island he bought years previously to find inner peace and meaning after years of upheaval.

The synopsis goes on to say that "events conspire against the former Beatle, leading to an exploration of the strange and wonderful, time and place, with the struggle for art at its very heart".

The prize, launched in 2013 by Goldsmiths, University of London, aims to reward fiction that "breaks the mould".

Meanwhile, the Dublin Book Festival runs from today un- til Sunday, with four days of readings, public interviews, debates, book launches and workshops.

Most events will take place in Smock Alley, Temple Bar, The Gutter Bookshop, Irish Writers' Centre, Irish Georgian Society, the National Library, Fighting Words and public libraries.

Admission to many events is free.

The festival is one of Dublin's largest celebrations of writing and celebrates Irish authors and publishing, across a whole range of genres.

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