This year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards saw the newest of Ireland’s independent publishers, Tramp Press pick up the prize for Best Irish Published Book for their short story collection inspired by Dubliners.
‘We’re ecstatic that ‘Dubliners 100: 15 New Stories Inspired by the Original’ has won the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award for Best Irish-Published Book’ says co-founder Sarah Davis Goff. ‘The IBAs is a great initiative; when Irish literature is celebrated so widely elsewhere, it’s very important that we honour and celebrate our incredible home-grown talent here too. As a small independent publisher, and one that only launched 8 months ago, it means so much to us that our work, and the work of our contributors, can be commended in this way. We’re so grateful to the collection’s editor, Tom Morris, for bringing us this great idea, and to all our exceptionally talented contributors for coming on board and trusting us with the publication of their work. Getting their support, and the support of the media and the Awards – and to the people that read and voted for the title! – means everything.’
More winners on the night included Mary Costello (Canongate and previously with Stinging Fly) who won the Eason Novel of the Year for her debut novel Academy Street and The Nation’s Favourite Food Fast Neven Maguire for The Nation’s Favourite Food Fast (Gill &Macmillan). Sports Book of the Year went to Penguin Ireland for The Test by Brian O’Driscoll.
For a full list of this year’s winners, go to http://www.irishbookawards.ie/