Top author books in to awards panel
Acclaimed author Giles Foden arrived in Dublin yesterday as part of a three-person judging panel for the 41st annual Hennessy Literary Awards.
The shortlist will be announced in the Irish Independent on March 24.
Nominees must have been published in the 'New Irish Writing Page', published every month in the Irish Independent.
Mr Foden, whose debut novel 'The Last King of Scotland' was made into a film in 2006, was joined by Irish writer Deirdre Purcell and chairman Ciaran Carty.
All three met at the French ambassador's residence in Dublin where they began discussions on the 2012 shortlist.
The gongs include the Hennessy New Irish Writer award as well as prizes in emerging poetry and fiction and for first fiction.
Last year's principal prize was awarded to Siobhan Mannion for her novel 'Lightning Bugs'.
There will also be an induction to the hall of fame of previous New Irish Writers contributors.
They will join previous recipients including Joseph O'Connor, Sebastian Barry and Neil Jordan.