Dublin City Council Announces Milkman by Anna Burns as the Winner of the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Irish author Anna Burns has won the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council, for her novel Milkman (published by Faber & Faber and Graywolf Press). With prize money of €100,000, the Award is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland and the fourth woman to claim the prestigious award in its 25-year history. Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced on the morning of Thursday the 22nd October at a special online event as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin which runs online until Oct 28th. The announcement was delivered from the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, 43 metres above ground level, as well as the Irish Embassy, London, where speakers and interviews had been filmed at an earlier date (before newly announced level 5 restrictions). The award is usually presented by Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council in the Mansion House each year, however due to the pandemic the Award organisers were unable to invite the winner to travel to Dublin from her home in England for the ceremony. On this occasion, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom, Mr Adrian O’Neill, was delighted to present Irish author Anna Burns with her award.   Commenting on her win, Anna Burns said; 'What an honour. I'm thrilled to bits and am about to break...

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2020 Shortlist Podcast Series: Exclusive Interviews with Authors & Translators

In association with our new partners International Literature Festival Dublin  (ILFD), a special Shortlist podcast series has been commissioned which will be hosted by Irish writers Jessica Traynor and Caelainn Hogan. Jessica Trayor is a writer, dramaturg and creative writing teacher based in Dublin. Her poems have been published widely, with two collections published by Dedalus Press, Liffey Swim (2014), shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award, and The Quick (2018). She won the Listowel Poetry Prize in 2011, was named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year in 2013, and in 2014 was the recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. She has been commissioned by the Arts Council, Poetry Ireland, and the Salvage Press. She has worked as Literary Manager for the Abbey Theatre and as Deputy Museum Director at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. (Dedalus Press) Caelainn Hogan is a writer and journalist from Ireland. Her first book Republic of Shame is published by Penguin which explores and documents the ongoing legacy of the religious-run institutions in Ireland. She has reported from within Syria during the conflict, writing about everyday people living amidst the war, from cancer patients seeking treatment across front lines to young brides whose fathers had been forcibly disappeared. Caelainn is currently based in Dublin writing about inequality, politics and legacy. Over the course of ten episodes, Jessica and Caelainn will discuss each of the shortlisted books and speak exclusively to the authors and translators in contention for the award. Episode 1 - An American Marriage by Tayari Jones In...

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2020 Shortlist on Film: Dramatised Readings Performed by Well-Known Actors

We are delighted to share with you, 10 short films featuring Irish actors performing short excerpts from the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist. Special thank you to Bazar Productions for producing these films, commissioned specially for the launch of the 2020 Shortlist. https://youtu.be/nyXATd1Ia7E 1. The Silence of The Girls by Pat Barker. Performed by Seána Kerslake.   https://youtu.be/IDMTKsEF3-A 2. Milkman by Anna Burns. Performed by Seána Kerslake.   https://youtu.be/ax25dC6hXyE 3. Disoriental by Négar Djavadi, translated from the French by Tina Kover. Performed by Nyree Yergainharsian.   https://youtu.be/1vzyzWvxCYQ 4. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Performed by Kwaku Fortune.   https://youtu.be/k1HI-QCWGUo 5. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Performed by Kwaku Fortune.   https://youtu.be/JqhCgwny6-o 6. History of Violence by Édouard Louis, translated from the French by Lorin Stein. Performed by Johnny Ward.   https://youtu.be/2qQz70NJbgo 7. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez. Performed by Cathy Belton.   https://youtu.be/3FlzNyF411g 8. There There by Tommy Orange. Performed by Ryan Lincoln.   https://youtu.be/8EdChvAdvio 9. All The Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy. Performed by Abdul Alshareef.   https://youtu.be/C7EXKiQ5bnc 10. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Performed by Cathy Belton.

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Dublin City Council Announces the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist

One Irish author, 3 novels in translation among the shortlist! 10 novels have been shortlisted for the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council. Celebrating 25 years, this award is the world's most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000. The shortlist announced today includes Milkman by Irish author Anna Burns, and 3 novels in translation. The writers, 8 of whom are female, come from Canada, France, India, Iran, Ireland, Poland, the UK and the USA. The winner of the International Dublin Literary Award 2020 will be announced by its Patron, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu on Thursday 22nd October, as part of International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin). The shortlisted titles are: 1. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (British). Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd. 2. Milkman by Anna Burns (Irish). Published by Faber & Faber and Graywolf Press. 3. Disoriental by Négar Djavadi (Iranian-French). Translated from the French by Tina Kover. Published by Europa Editions. 4. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canadian). Published by Serpents Tail Ltd., HarperCollins Canada and Alfred A. Knopf. 5. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (American). Published by Algonquin Books. 6. History of Violence by Édouard Louis (French). Translated from the French by Lorin Stein. Published by Harvill Secker. 7. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (American). Published by Virago Press Ltd. 8. There There by Tommy Orange (Native American). Published by Harvill Secker, Alfred A. Knopf and...

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New Partnership with International Literature Festival Dublin & 2020 Shortlist/Winner Dates Announced

Dublin City is renowned across the world for literature, designated the 4th UNESCO City of Literature in 2010, and today two of the country’s most acclaimed celebrations of the written word announced the beginning of a new partnership. The International Dublin Literary Award, now in its 25th year, is the world's most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, with the winner receiving €100,000. International Literature Festival Dublin is Ireland’s premier literary event, hosting the finest writers in the world annually to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Both are initiatives of Dublin City Council. It was announced today that, from this year on, the recipient of the International Dublin Literary Award will be announced during the International Literature Festival Dublin. Both traditionally take place in the earlier part of the year but, due to Covid-19, will now happen this autumn. The shortlist of 10 books for the International Dublin Literary Award will be announced on 3rd September and the overall winner will be announced on 22nd October, during ILFDublin’s reimagined 2020 festival. Shortlisted authors will also be featured in this year’s festival programme – details to be confirmed. This announcement today highlights the continued commitment of Dublin City Council to the award as well as the key role DCC plays in ILFDublin. Chief Executive Owen Keegan said today, “It gives me great pleasure to announce this exciting new chapter, bringing together two esteemed Dublin City Council initiatives. With shared ambitions to celebrate and promote international literature, as well as the...

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2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award Announced

#DUBLITAWARD Monday 11th November; Eight novels from Ireland are among 156 books nominated by libraries around the world for the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award. With the winner receiving €100,000, the Award is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 50 novels in translation with works nominated by libraries from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the US & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand. Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2020 Award was launched today by Cllr. Mary Fitzpatrick, representing Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe, Patron of the Award. Cllr. Fitzpatrick commended the Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature and the opportunity it provides to promote Irish writing internationally; “I am very pleased that Dublin City Council continues to support this significant international award. Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature and the Council is committed to further developing the City’s worldwide reputation as a literary destination, a key part of our cultural tourism offering.” The Irish titles nominated for the 2020 Award are:   A Ladder to the Sky by John BoyneMilkman by Anna BurnsThe Woman in the Woods by John ConnollyBegotten Not Made by Cónal CreedonOrchid and the Wasp by Caoilinn HughesSkin Deep by Liz NugentTravelling in a Strange Land by David Park Normal People by Sally Rooney The International DUBLIN Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 156 books eligible for the...

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