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Kate O’Brien Award 2022

Limerick Literary Festival is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Kate O’Brien Award. This is an award given to the best debut novel or short story collection by an Irish female writer published in 2021. The Award winner will be announced on Sunday February 27th.

The Shortlisted books are 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 and Boys Don’t Cry by Fíona Scarlett.

The judges for the award are Marie Hackett, Grainne O’Brien , Vivienne McKechnie, Donal Ryan and Niall MacMonagle. Previous winners of the award are Anyush by Martine Madden (2015); Sara Baume with Spill Simmer Falter Wither (2016); Tanya Farrelly with When Black Dogs Sing (2017); Lisa Harding’s Harvesting (2018); Sue Rainsford’s Follow Me to Ground (2019); Show Them a Good Time by Nicole Flattery (2020); and As You Were by Elaine Feeney (2021).

The Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O’Brien is one of Ireland’s most vibrant and successful festivals which has been running since 1984 and it showcases in a diverse and eclectic programme the best in Irish and international contemporary literature. The Festival takes place the last weekend in February annually in Limerick City. The event continues to honour the life and works of the Limerick author while attracting prominent participants from all over the world. Building on this significant history, the Limerick Literary Festival seeks to promote Limerick nationally as a place of literary excellence and to provide a platform where readers can meet their favourite authors.

This award is very kindly sponsored by Denise And Bill Whelan. For more information please contact or

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