At a ceremony in Dublin last night, Sally Nicholls was named Glen Dimplex New Writer of the Year 2008, for her book Ways to Live Forever, published by Scholastic Children's Books. Sally wrote the story at the tender age of twenty-three years. It tells the story of an eleven year-old boy dying of leukaemia.
The Glen Dimplex Award celebrates first books by writers.
The winner of the Fiction category was Allan Bush for his book Last Bird Singing (Seren); the Biography/Non-fiction Book category was won by Nia Wyn for Blue Sky July (Seren); the Poetry prize went to Will Stone for Glaciation (Salt Publishing); and the prize for best Irish-language book went to Simon Ó Faoláin for Anam Mhadra (Coiscéim).
Many congrats to all.