Irish Book Awards

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  • Specsavers
  • National Book Awards
  • Avoca
  • Dept 51 @ Eason
  • Sunday Independent
  • RTÉ Offical Media Partner
  • Listowel Writers’ Week
  • Bookselling Ireland
  • Irish Independent
  • Ireland AM
  • Eason


An Post has supported the National Adult Literacy Agency in providing literacy, numeracy and digital tuition to adults and families for more than a decade

November 26, 2019

This short documentary, below,  filmed by noted documentarian Ken Wardrop follows Veronica Poole – a determined woman who has taken the brave step to return to education after many years. Even though Veronica is only at the start of her journey back in …

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Winners of the An Post Irish Book Awards 2019 announced

November 20, 2019

Joseph O’Connor, Vicky Phelan, Sinéad Gleeson, Joe Duffy and Freya McClements, Andrea Corr, Richie Sadlier, Anne Griffin and Jane Casey among the winners  Colm Tóibín honoured with Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award Voting now open for the ‘An Post …

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Shortlist unveiled for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2019

October 24, 2019

Shortlist includes Kevin Barry, Edna O’Brien, Joseph O’Connor, Cecelia Ahern, Emma Dabiri, Niall Breslin, Fintan O’Toole, Samantha Power, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, Jamie Heaslip, Donal Skehan, Andrea Corr, Vicky Phelan, Diarmaid Ferriter, Sinéad …

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Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin announced as recipient of The An Post International Recognition Award for 2019

August 21, 2019

George R.R. Martin, the world-renowned author and creative force behind Game of Thrones, is to receive The An Post International Recognition Award as part of this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards. The celebrated fantasy writer will receive the accolade …

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All crime writers are asking is for a little respect

July 27, 2019

Some years ago, a friend of mine secured a writer-in-residence gig which entailed living in the Borders cottage of the great Scottish poet, Hugh MacDiarmid. As a major fan, I blagged an invitation and was soon en route to Biggar to see how the great ma …

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An Post, in association with the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), presented national awards for creative writing to winners of the 2019 Scéal Eile competition

May 20, 2019

The competition is rooted in primary and secondary children’s love of books and is part of the An Post Education Awards, in its 35th year promoting literacy and learning for generations of Irish students. Scéal Eile saw students from all levels revisit …

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Notes to Self by Emilie Pine Named An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018

January 29, 2019

Notes to Self  by Emilie Pine, a book written in a collection of vivid and powerful essays, has been voted the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018’. The ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018’ was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winner …

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Winners of The An Post Irish Book Awards 2018 Revealed

November 27, 2018

Sally Rooney, Liz Nugent, James Kavanagh & William Murray, Emilie Pine, Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen, Cora Staunton, Sarah Webb, Lynn Ruane, Roger O’Reilly, Diarmuid Johnson and Peter Donnelly among the winners. It is an exceptionally strong ye …

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Shortlist unveiled for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018

October 25, 2018

Shortlist includes Donal Ryan, Anna Burns, Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen, Sally Rooney, Ryan Tubridy, Robert Ballagh, Liz Nugent, Graham Norton, Niall Breslin, Matt Cooper, Mary Robinson, Des Cahill, Emilie Pine, James Kavanagh & William Murray, …

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An Post’s Unveils National Campaign #ReadersWanted

September 24, 2018

Today An Post unveils #ReadersWanted, a national campaign which celebrates the value and joy of reading and encourages everyone to pick up more books, more often.  The campaign is in support of An Post’s sponsorship of the Irish Book Awards and runs ac …

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