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Solar Bones by Mike McCormack wins the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Irish author Mike McCormack has won the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Solar Bones. The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. Mike McCormack is the fourth Irish author to win the prize in its 23-year history.

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House today.

Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from County Mayo, Ireland. In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. In 2016 he won the Goldsmiths Prize and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award for best novel for Solar Bones. He was elected to Aosdána in May 2018. He currently lives in Galway, Ireland.

The winning novel was chosen from a total of 150 titles, nominated by libraries in 111 cities across 37 countries.  It was first published by Tramp Press, an independent Irish publisher founded by Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen. The shortlist of ten novels, as chosen by an international panel of judges, included novels from four continents.

Commenting on his win, Mike McCormack said: ‘I am delighted to receive this unique prize which continues to recognise the valuable work of libraries around the world. To have Solar Bones chosen from a shortlist with such a broad international outlook is a special honour indeed. I have always thought that the inclusion of translated work is a particularly valuable aspect of the International DUBLIN Literary Award; these different voices and the diverse ways in which they tell their stories ensures that the novel in English does not become dull or complacent. Long may the prize continue to reach out with such intellectual and artistic curiosity across the world.’ 

Speaking at the winner announcement, Lord Mayor & Patron of the Award Mícheál Mac Donncha remarked; ‘The International DUBLIN Literary Award is a great Dublin success and a great international success – and our thanks go to all who are involved in making the Award work – writers, translators, publishers, librarians, and the administrative staff of the City Council.’

The prize money was presented to the winner by Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of the Award’s founders and sponsors, Dublin City Council. The Award is a key part of the City’s work in promoting Dublin as a UNESCO City of Literature, and as a great place for people to live, work in, and visit.

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Writers! The wonderful Granada City of Literature has announced its 2018 Writers in Residence Programme.
Run in partnership with the University of Granada, the purpose of this programme is to strengthen international partnerships in the arts sector in general and in the field of writing in particular.
Deadline 20 Sep 2018. Find out more here and get applying


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Metro Éireann | Duke University Kenan Institute for Ethics Fourth Annual Intercultural Writing Competition 2018

We are delighted to promote the fourth annual Metro Éireann and Kenan Institute for Ethics Writing Competition!

This competition is for ages 14-21 with cash prizes as well as an awards ceremony in Dublin. Submissions are invited from young people all over Ireland and are due July 29th at midnight. This year’s theme is centred on ethics and intercultural diversity.
Full details below!

2018 Intercultural Writing Competition

BOOKS ON WRITING Book Club with Elizabeth Reapy

Elizabeth Reapy will be running a Books on Writing book club for the remainder of her Dublin City of Literature residency. 

First meeting takes place Tuesday July 31st 6.45pm – 7.45pm in Pearse St. Library conference room to discuss July’s pick: “On Writing” by Stephen King. 

All readers and writers are welcome to join. No booking required.

There are a limited number of copies of “On Writing” kept in Pearse St. Library for the book club, so if you need to borrow it, please mention it to a staff member.

Email: for any further info. 

Prague UNESCO City of Literature Writers‘ Residencies 2019

Prague, our sister UNESCO City of Literature, are launching their 2019 Writers Residency and want to hear from Irish writers!

Prague City of Literature offers residency stays for foreign writers and translators. There are six residencies available for 2019, each lasting two months. Prague City of Literature reimburses the resident for a return ticket, provides accommodation for free and a stipend of 600 euro per month.

All the information is on their website: including the application form.


• Cultural interest in the location
• Basic knowledge of English language
• At least one published literary work (not a private edition) or two broadcast or published radio dramas or one carried out or published theatre play or at least one translated work of a Czech author
• Willingness to participate in the local literary life (author readings, meeting students, talks, activities arranged by the receiving institution or connected to the cultural events of the city)
• Work on writing during the stay
• Authors who have already received the scholarship can’t apply again
• The Resident undertakes that, in the course of the residency stay or no later than within 2 months from its termination, he/she will provide the Municipal Library in Prague with the text inspired by the stay that the Municipal Library in Prague, through the project “Prague City of Literature“, will be authorized to use to promote Prague’s residencies. The Municipal Library in Prague will enter into a licence agreement with the Resident
for the purpose of using the text in electronic as well as printed version.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, August 31, 2018, 12 am CET

Waterford Poetry Prize 2018

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2018. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Waterford Writers Weekend, curated by Rick O’ Shea, 26th to 28th October 2018 during the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford city.

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2018.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2019. 2nd prize €300.  3rd prize €200. The closing date for receipt of entries is 4pm on Friday 10th August 2018.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded from and or by contacting the Arts Office on 058/41416.

Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts

The Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts takes place this weekend 21st to 24th June in Kells, Co. Meath. Literature, sport, history, cookery, politics, journalism, architecture, the law, music, travel, security feature in the programme. In addition to literary guests such as Colm Tóibín, John Banville, Lisa McInerney, Liz Nugent, Frank McGuinness, Maggie O’Farrell, Michael Harding and John McKenna, the Rick O’Shea Book Club will feature for the first time. Rick will be discussing Oh My God What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen with four onstage critics – the authors themselves will talk about their best-selling book on Saturday morning.

Poetry Day in Pearse St Library

Celebrate Poetry Day at Pearse St Library on Thursday 26 April at 6.30pm at “I Hear It in the Deep Heart’s Core”  with Guthanna Binne Síoraí.

Celebrating the poetry of WB Yeats in word and song. Artistic Director Cathal Quinn and musician, composer and singer Enda Reilly take you on a journey through the poetry of Yeats, spoken and sung in English and Irish, with translations by Gabriel Rosenstock.  

Enda sets many of the well-known Yeats poems to music, adding a rich addition to these magnificent works, with some pithy and witty explanations in between the poems.

Booking recommended: email / 01 6744888

International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist Announced

The International Dublin Literary Award shortlist was announced this morning. The list includes six novels in translations, six are by women authors and two Irish authors feature on the shortlist of ten – Eimear McBride’s The Lesser Bohemians and Solar Bones by Mike McCormack.

Titles are nominated by public libraries in major cities around the world. The prize of €100,000 is awarded to the author of the winning book. However, if the winning book is in English translation, €75,000 is awarded to the author and €25,000 to the translator.. The winner will be announced on 13th June.

More details can be found at