Irish Book Awards






I Ate It All And I Really Thought I Wouldn’t by Caoilinn Hughes

Caoilinn Hughes is the author of Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld 2018), which won the Collyer Bristow Prize, was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Awards, the Butler Literary Award and longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Her poetry collection, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014), won the Shine/Strong Award and was shortlisted for four other prizes. Her work has appeared in GrantaPOETRYTin HouseBest British PoetryBBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. She has a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and she was recently Visiting Writer at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. For her short fiction, she won The Moth International Short Story Prize 2018 and an O.Henry Prize in 2019.




Margaret McNaughton by Kit de Waal

Kit de Waal’s novels and short stories have been shortlisted for numerous awards, her debut, My Name is Leon winning the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year in 2017. She founded the Kit de Waal Scholarship at Birkbeck University. Supporting Cast is her first short story collection.


Supermarket Flowers by Dermot Bolger

Born in 1959, Dermot Bolger is among Ireland’s best known novelists, playwrights and poets. His fourteenth novel, An Ark of Light, appeared in 2018. He published his first story when a schoolboy, but waited forty-four years to release his debut collection of stories, Secrets Never Told, which contains ‘Supermarket Flowers’.


The Emperor of Russia by Jaki McCarrick

Jaki McCarrick’s play Belfast Girls was developed at the National Theatre Studio, London and has been staged many times since. Her play Leopoldville won the Papatango Prize. Her debut story collection, The Scattering (Seren), was shortlisted for the 2014 Edge Hill Prize and includes the Wasafiri Prize-winning story, The Visit.


Wildflowers by Billy O’Callaghan

Billy O’Callaghan, from Cork, won the Story of the Year at the 2013 Irish Book Awards, and has written three novels and four short story collections, most recently the Encore Award-shortlisted My Coney Island Baby and The Boatman and Other Stories. A new novel, Life Sentences, is forthcoming in January from Jonathan Cape.


You and Him by Louise Kennedy

Louise Kennedy has been widely published in The Guardian, Irish Times and on BBC Radio 4. She was shortlisted for Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award (2019 and 2020) and Short Story of the Year (2019). Her debut short story collection, The End of the World is a Cul de Sac, is due Spring 2021 from Bloomsbury.



Photo credits:
Dermot Bolger picture – Bryan Meade
Kit de Waal picture – Justine Stoddart
Billy O’Callaghan picture – Claire O’Rorke

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