Somewhat predictably, short story mistress CLAIRE KEEGAN has won the €25,000 Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award.
Keegan’s winning short story 'Foster' was chosen from a shortlist of six by Richard Ford. Caroline Walsh, Literary Editor of The Irish Times, read from Ford's winning citation, in which he praised the writer’s “sparkling talent”.
Apparently Claire told how she walked across snowy fields with her entry to the comp close to the deadline, until she found a postbox, and had dropped the envelope into it before wondering how the postman was going to collect it in a mini-blizzard. Clearly and, luckily for her, her story made it to Dublin in time.
More here in today's Times.