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Book set in New Ross wins top literary award


Author Claire Keegan

Author Claire Keegan

Author Claire Keegan


A book set in New Ross has won an international literary award. Small Things like These by Clonegal based author Claire Keegan won the Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors' Literary Award 2021 for the French translation of her book.

Keegan grew up on the Wicklow/Wexford border in the parish of Clonegal.

Keegan receives a €1,500 prize and her translator a €1,000 prize, as part of the Francophonie Festival in Ireland.

Her first publication in ten years after her acclaimed novella Foster, the original English work, Small Things Like These, will be published by Faber & Faber in October. Publisher Alex Bowler says: 'An exquisite wintery parable, Claire Keegan's long-awaited return tells the story of a simple act of courage and tenderness, in the face of conformity, fear and judgement. To read it is to be deeply touched by hope and by the sheer storytelling brilliance of one of Ireland's great writers.'

The Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors' Literary Award highlights the role of French translation in transmitting the values of La Francophonie. The prize is awarded annually to an Irish writer recently published in French and to their French translator.