O'Brien becomes first Irish winner of short story prize
EDNA O'Brien (right) has become the first Irish winner of a top literary prize.
The Clare-born author was last night named the winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story award -- which offers a €35,000 cash prize -- for her latest collection, 'Saints and Sinners'.
Funded by Cork City Council and organised by the Munster Literature Centre, the award, now in its seventh year, is given for the best collection of original short stories published in English in the past year.
The author was chosen from a shortlist of six Irish and international writers.
The award was set up in memory of the late Frank O'Connor, one of the world's most renowned short story writers.