Irish Book Awards

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Welcome to the An Post Irish Book Awards

UPDATE ON PLANS FOR THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2020:

Along with every other arts project affected by the Covid 19 public health crisis, the awards trustees will review all our planned activities in the coming months. Be assured that we will be discussing a range of options and possible outcomes with sponsors and key stakeholders in the coming weeks. Until such time as we can see a clear path ahead – dependent on applicable government and health authorities guidelines – we intend to proceed with the customary schedule of stages and key dates. Accordingly, we will be opening for submissions from June 31st and publishers are invited to submit titles in the normal manner on the awards website at this time.

The shortlist launch is currently scheduled for October 22nd and the Awards Ceremony for November 25th but, undoubtedly, these may be affected in some way by future developments under the phased withdrawal from lockdown. We will update regularly at this website, but do please sign up to the official IBA newsletter to stay informed. We very much anticipate and hope we will be able to stage the 2020 Awards in, at least, some manner and look forward to promoting the vast array of new Irish writing talent this Autumn.

The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise the very best of Irish writing talent. The initiative consists of a range of categories including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Irish Language, Short Story, Poetry and Teen and Young Adult. A one-hour highlight television programme featuring the An Post Irish Book Awards is broadcast on RTÉ One every year.

 

Latest news from the awards

Passing of a Poetry Legend

April 28, 2020

Irish literary community laments the death of the poet Eavan Boland Described by President Higgins as “one of the pre-eminent voices in Irish literature”  Eavan Boland has died from a stroke, aged 75.  Tributes have been pouring in for a woman who was …

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Passing of a Poetry Legend

An Post Irish Book Awards wins triple at the European Sponsorship Association Awards ceremony

February 27, 2020

The An Post Irish Book Awards has scooped three awards including the Grand Prix at the 2020 European Sponsorship Association Awards (ESA). Demonstrating the diversity of the ESA Awards, the Grand Prix winner was a cultural sponsorship, with the An Post …

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An Post Irish Book Awards wins triple at the European Sponsorship Association Awards ceremony

Death of a Dear Friend – Keelin Shanley

February 10, 2020

It was with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of Keelin Shanley. Keelin was an award-winning journalist, a widely-respected RTÉ broadcaster and a true friend of the An Post Irish Book Awards. Along with RTÉ colleague, Evelyn O’Rourke, …

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Death of a Dear Friend – Keelin Shanley

‘Overcoming’ by Vicky Phelan and Naomi Linehan named as the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2019

January 30, 2020

‘Overcoming’ by Vicky Phelan and Naomi Linehan, a book written about truth and bravery through Vicky’s remarkable personal story, has been voted the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2019’. The ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2019’ was chosen by a public …

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‘Overcoming’ by Vicky Phelan and Naomi Linehan named as the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2019