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The awards ceremony for the EU Prize for Literature takes place tonight, at the Concert Noble in Brussels.

The winners will read extracts from their books and receive their awards at a gala ceremony.

 

This year’s winners are:

Carolina Schutti (Austria)

Luka Bekavac (Croatia)

Gaëlle Josse (France)

Edina Szvoren (Hungary)

Donal Ryan (Ireland)

Lorenzo Amurri (Italy)

Undinė Radzevičiūtė (Lithuania)

Ida Hegazi Høyer (Norway)

Magdalena Parys (Poland)

David Machado (Portugal)

Svetlana Žuchová (Slovakia)

Sara Stridsberg (Sweden)

The awards will be presented by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Silvia Costa, MEP and Chair of the Culture and Education Committee, and Dagnija Grínfelde, Advisor to the Minister of Culture for the Latvian Presidency. The ceremony will also be attended by Culture Ministers of this year’s participating countries, and by other leading figures from the world of literature, culture and politics.

For more information, go to – http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/

 


Setanta seek to recognise excellence in Irish sports writing

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Setanta Sports Book of the Year Award Launch, LillieÕs Bordello, Dublin 17/6/2015 The Setanta Sports Irish Sports Book of the Year award was launched by Setanta SportsÕ Marketing Operations Director Brian Quinn, Publishing Ireland President Patsy Horton, and former Armagh GAA star Ois’n McConville at LillieÕs Bordello in Dublin today. The award seeks to recognise excellence in Irish sports writing. Publishing Ireland President Patsy Horton, Ois’n McConville and Setanta SportsÕ Marketing Operations Director Brian Quinn pictured at today's launch Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The board of Publishing Ireland has been working with Setanta to help them develop an Irish sports book award. We hope you’ll support the award by submitting your books. Setanta Sports, with the support of Publishing Ireland, are delighted to announce the creation of a new award that will recognise the very best in Irish sports writing.  The Setanta Sports Irish Sports Book of the Year will seek to find the best sports book published by an Irish author in 2015, or sports book with an Irish subject matter. (read more…)

 

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Jim Crace has won the €100,000 IMPAC prize for his novel, Harvest.

The UK author of ten novels was chosen from a shortlist that included Colm Mc Cann, Hannah Kent and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Jim Crace, speaking at the awards held in the Mansion House, expressed his, “overwhelming surprise and delight” at winning, and spoke of the importance of support from those in the industry, from editors to publishers and booksellers. ”Writing is a solitary act that needs a community of support.”

The Harvest is set in medieval times and tells the story of a rural community as they deal with the breaking up of their land.

The judges praised Crace for his work. “At times, Harvest reads like a long prose poem; it plays on the ear like a river of words. But then again, Jim Crace is a consummate wordsmith; his understanding of human nature is uncanny and he never drops a stitch from start to finish.”

Crace is the forth Briton to claim the prize which is now in its 20th year and is organised by Dublin City Council. It is the largest prize for a single novel published in English. 

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience.

Prizes include:

  • £500 Poetry winner
  • £500 Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015.

To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

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Our very own Gráinne Clear of Little Island Books (and board member of Publishing Ireland) joined inaugural Irish Fiction laureate Anne Enright, Sarah Baume and Sinead Gleeson on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book to discuss Irish writing today with Mariella Frostrup. Among the highlights discussed were clear new avenues for Irish writers who are moving further away from traditional ‘Irish’ tropes in their writing and a willingness to take more risks. This is also reflected in the rise of Independent publishing in Ireland. While the often -lamented trend of promising new writers being snapped up by larger publishing houses (particularly those based in the UK), both Sinead Gleeson and Clear emphasised that while this was often ‘heartbreaking’ for Irish publishers, it must also be noted that it is here where the Indie publishing scene was much more willing to take on unknown writers and take risks where larger publishers might not.

To listen to the episode, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05tbwsg#auto