Monday, 20 October 2014

Laureate for Irish Fiction nomination

I am delighted to have been nominated for The Laureate for Irish Fiction. Big thanks to whoever nominated me! The website for the Laureate, which will be awarded in January 2015, reads:

"The Laureate for Irish Fiction will be awarded by the Arts Council to an Irish writer of national and international distinction. The honour will be used to promote Irish literature nationally and internationally and to encourage the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction. The Laureate will have a three-year term. Over the period, he or she will teach creative writing to students at University College Dublin and New York University, will spend time developing his or her own work, and will participate in a number of major, public events and promotions. The Laureate will receive a total of €150,000 over the three years."

Bring it on, says I. I am in New York as I write and the idea of having a long spell here, to teach writing, is swoon-worthy.

Here is the list of 34 nominees:
Anne EnrightAnne HavertyBelinda McKeon 
Bernard MacLaverty Catherine Dunne Christine Dwyer Hickey 
Claire Keegan Colum McCann Dermot Bolger 
Donal Ryan Edna O'BrienEimear McBride
Emma DonoghueEoin McNamee Evelyn Conlon 
Hugo HamiltonJaki McCarrick Jennifer Johnston
John BanvilleJohn Boyne John MacKenna 
Joseph O'ConnorLiam Mac Cóil Michael Coady
Niall Williams Nuala Ní Chonchuir Patrick McCabe 
Paul Murray Peter CunninghamRé O Laighleis
Roddy Doyle Sebastian BarryTom Kilroy 
William Trevor 
More here.


Louise said...

Congrats!!! Well deserved - and the best of luck with it!

Nuala Ní Chonchúir said...

Thank you, Louise. I am giving you a prize for being the only one to comment here rather than on Facebook. I'll be in touch! Nuala x

Paula McGrath said...

That is some blog post title - well done, Nuala. (And lucky you in New York already - enjoy!)

The Poetry Bus said...

Ditto! Can I have one too?!

Dan Powell said...

Wow. What a fantastic list to be on and a wonderful opportunity. Fingers crossed for you.