Irish Book Awards

An Post Delivers

July 31, 2020

After three years of headline sponsorship, it’s become impossible to imagine the Irish literary sector without An Post’s energy and commitment to books, authors, and the written word. Through its dynamic #ReadersWanted campaign, An Post has shown the extent to which it simply “gets” books and in so doing has endeared itself to readers, booksellers and publishers alike.

As we head into awards season, An Post has just created a reading-specific webpage: which anyone interested in the Awards or Irish books in general will really want to visit. It’s crammed with recommendations for adult readers and fun activities for children, including Re-ImagineNation, a competition where entrants are invited to re-imagine their favourite story. Entries will be judged by some of Ireland’s best children’s book authors and illustrators and the winners will receive a year’s supply of books (12 books) which they can choose themselves and a €100 voucher for the Art and Hobby Shop. The winning artwork will also be added to a post-box in their community.

Full details and entry form at

In June, An Post curated a virtual Literature in Lockdown panel discussion, which featured IMAGE magazine’s editorial director Dominique McMullan talking to four of Ireland’s most respected authors, Sinead Gleeson, Liz Nugent, Patrick Freyne and Naoise Dolan. It proved a fascinating evening of book-talk but if you missed it, you can still enjoy the recorded discussion at the webpage. In addition, each of the authors was invited to recommend some of their favourite books and such is the range, diversity and quirkiness of their literary tastes, you are almost bound to discover hidden gems entirely new to you.

If you like to keep pace with current trends in Irish writing specifically, An Post’s Summer Staycation Reading List features five books recently published by Naoise Dolan, Daniella Moyles, Cauvery Madhavan, Hilary Fannin, and Emily Hourican any one of which would make a splendid companion as you glance out the window of your holiday accommodation at the wind and rain of an Irish summer.

An Post’s #ReadersWanted campaign has proved a wonderfully effective addition to the Irish Book Awards project which has always aimed to connect Irish books and authors with the widest possible audience. As we eagerly anticipate the 2020 Awards Shortlists to be announced on October 20th, we urge you to check out Enjoy and do tell us through any of the social media channels which Irish titles you think should be included on the shortlists.

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