The Limerick Literary Festival committee are delighted to announce the winner of the 7th annual Kate O’Brien Award. This is an Award for the best novel or short story collection by an Irish female writer. The Award comes with a 2000 euro prize, very generously sponsored by Bill and Denise Whelan. This is a wonderful gift as it not only give financial support to debut writers but it also adds to the significance of the award, making it an important one to aim for. The Event which went out online today with the six shortlisted writers talking about and reading from their books gave listeners a fascinating insight into the books and the writers who wrote them. There will be an opportunity for those who missed the event live to listen to the recording which will be on the Limerick Literary Festival website.
The shortlist this year was made up of six very talented writers who wrote inspirational books:
Dinner Party by Sarah Gilmartin
The End of the World is a Cul de Sac by Louise Kennedy
Mother Mother by Annie Macmanus
A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion
Holding her Breath by Eimear Ryan
Boys Don’t Cry by Fiona Scarlett
This year has, once again, been a wonderful year of debut novels by Irish female writers. Once again it was hard to reduce the shortlist to four so we, again, chose a shortlist of six and we felt that the six chosen represented the amazing range of talent emerging in Ireland today. The very strong shortlist is made up of six very different voices. The journeys we were taken on by these writers were unique and exciting in books that were very well written, richly imaginative and intriguing reading.
The Judges for the Award are Marie Hackett, Vivienne McKechnie, Grainne O’Brien, Donal Ryan and Niall MacMonagle.
The Kate O’Brien Award is for a novel or short story collection of excellence and the poignant, beautifully written, tender and compelling novel A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion is our very worthy winner of The Kate O’Brien Award for 2022.