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Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 9672 comments This from the launch annoucement in February 2020:

The Dalkey Book Festival, in conjunction with Zurich Insurance, is launching the Dalkey Literary Awards – a prestigious new awards programme for writers in Ireland that boasts a total prize fund of €30,000. This will be the largest award for Irish writing.

The establishment of the Dalkey Literary Awards marks a major new step for the hugely popular Dalkey Book Festival, which has grown tenfold in size since 2010 to be the largest literary festival in the country, with the support of Zurich.

The new awards, to be held annually, will recognise writers in two categories: Novel of the Year and Emerging Writer. Writers resident or born in Ireland and published in Ireland or the UK in 2019 will be recognised by the awards. The winner of the Novel of the Year will walk away with €20,000 whilst the writer crowned Emerging Writer will receive €10,000. The Emerging writer winner will also earn a spot at the Dalkey Book Festival on Sunday 21st June, appearing on stage alongside the three judges of that award with the chance to talk about their work and what winning the award means to them.

The shortlist for each category will be proposed by a designated Nominating Panel made up of approximately 20 well-known critics, writers and public figures within the Irish literary scene. Publishers can submit books (published in Ireland or the UK in 2019) for consideration. Each category will have three judges to review the shortlisted nominees and select one overall winner.


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Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 9672 comments Obviously Covid has put a dampener on some of the plans but the shortlist was announced today - a strong list with some familiar names:

Novel of the Year

‘The Narrow Land’ by Christine Dwyer Hickey
‘Girl’ by Edna O’Brien
‘The Fire Starters’ by Jan Carson
‘Shadowplay’ by Joseph O’Connor
‘Night Boat to Tangier’ by Kevin Barry
‘The River Capture’ by Mary Costello

Emerging Writer (includes non-novels)

Adrian Duncan for ‘Loves Notes from A German Building Site’
Eleanor Fitzsimons for ‘The Life & Loves of E. Nesbit’
Lucy Sweeney Byrne for ‘Paris Syndrome’
Nicole Flattery for ‘Show Them A Good Time’
Rónán Hession for ‘Leonard and Hungry Paul’
Sinéad Gleeson for ‘Constellations’


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Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 9672 comments That's a strong list for best novel

On the emerging side - great to see yet more recognition for Leonard and Hungry Paul and Constellations appears again (a book I must get round to reading)


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Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 9672 comments Novel of the Year The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey

Nice video of the author learning the news (she thought it was just going to be an interview): https://www.zurich.ie/dalkey-literary...

Emerging Writer (includes non-novels) Sinéad Gleeson for Constellations
(which was also shortlisted today for the UK's oldest prize)

Video: https://www.zurich.ie/dalkey-literary...


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Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 9672 comments That's tipped me over the edge to buy Constellations


message 6: by peg (new)

peg | 148 comments Great news! The Narrow Land also won the Walter Scott Prize for best historical fiction. Am reading it now and several reviews compare the writing style and structure to Hopper’s (main character) work as an artist....those lonely moody and atmospheric paintings!


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