2019 Winner

2019

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Judges

Eilis Ní Dhuibhne

Eilis Ní Dhuibhne

Eilis Ní Dhuibhne was born in Dublin. She is a novelist, short story writer and playwright, and writes in both Irish and English. She is also a literary critic who reviews frequently for The Irish Times.  Her fiction includes The Dancers Dancing (1999), The Bray House (1990), Fox Swallow Scarecrow (2007) and The Shelter of Neighbours (2012),  Hurlamaboc (2009) and several other books.   Her latest books are Selected Stories (Dalkey Archive Press, 2017) and a memoir, Twelve Thousand Days (Blackstaff Press, 2018). Eilis has won many awards for her work, including the Stewart Parker Award for Drama, Bisto Book of the Year`Awards, several Oireachtas awards for play and novels, and a shortlisting for the Orange Prize for Fiction.  She received the Irish Pen Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature in 2015, and a Hennessy Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. A well-known teacher of Creative Writing, she has been Writer Fellow in UCD and Trinity College, and  is a member of Aosdána.  Photo credit – Hazel Coonagh

Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld was born in London and grew up in Australia and South London. She is the author of two novels, All the Birds, Singing, winner of the Miles Franklin Award; and After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; and one graphic memoir, Everything is Teeth. In 2013 she was included on Granta Magazine’s once a decade Best of Young British Novelists list. She lives in Peckham where she part owns a small independent bookshop called Review.

Hans-Christian Oeser

Hans-Christian Oeser

Hans-Christian Oeser, born 1950 in Wiesbaden, studied German and Politics in Marburg and Berlin. In 1980 he moved to Ireland to take up a post as Lecturer in German at UCD. Since then he has been working as a literary translator, editor and travel writer. He has translated numerous novels, short story and poetry collections, particularly by Irish writers such as Sebastian Barry, Brendan Behan, Maeve Brennan, Anne Enright, Dermot Healy, Claire Keegan, Eugene McCabe, John McGahern, Bernard MacLaverty, John Montague, Jamie O’Neill, Patrick Pearse, William Trevor and Oscar Wilde. In 1997 he was awarded the Aristeion Prize for his translation of Patrick McCabe’s novel The Butcher Boy. In 2010 he received the Rowohlt Prize for his life’s work, in 2014 the Braem Prize for Mark Twain’s Autobiography.

Photo Credit – Barbara-Schaper-Oeser

Martin Middeke

Martin Middeke

Martin Middeke is Professor of English at the University of Augsburg, Germany, and Visiting Professor of English at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has held scholarships by the International Beckett Foundation at the University of Reading, UK, and he was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University, USA. He also held a Visiting Professorship at the University of Barcelona and was Long Room Hub Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin in 2017. Major book publications include works on contemporary British theatre, nineteenth- to twenty-first century fiction, and literary theory. Recent publications as (co-) editor include The Literature of Melancholia (Palgrave, 2011); Theory Matters (2016); Of Precariousness (2017) and four volumes on British, Irish, American and South African Contemporary Playwrights (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011-2015). He’s the co-editor of ANGLIA: Journal of English Philology, founded in 1878 and the oldest journal dedicated to matters Anglia in world.

Yan Ge

Yan Ge

Yan Ge was born in Sichuan Province, China in 1984. She is a writer and a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature. Publishing since 1994, she is the author of eleven books. Her work has been translated into English, French, and German, among other languages. She was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. The English translation of her latest novel The Chili Bean Paste Clan was published by Balestier Press. She has recently started to write in English. She lives in Dublin with her husband and son.

SHORTLIST LIBRARIES

Norway
Bergen Public Library is Norway’s second largest public library. The current institution was established in 1872, but builds on much older library traditions in the..
France
The Bpi is a public library for anyone looking for information or in training, whether for personal or professional reasons, for school or university study…
Ireland
The Galway Library Service consists of 29 libraries in total across the City and County. The 3 libraries in the City are purpose built, full time..
Czech Republic
The so-called Idiom, a column made of 8,000 books, has been present in the vestibule of the Central Library at Mariánské Square since 1998. The..
Belgium
Muntpunt is full of stories, of people, of Brussels. Of questions and answers, of wonder and curiosity. But boxes, we have no place for that.
USA
Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and..
Sweden
Did you know that the library is always open? It is if you visit the library online via a computer, mobile phone or tablet PC…
Switzerland
With over six million media and more than half a million visitors a year, the Zentralbibliothek Zürich – Zurich’s central library – is one of..

LONGLIST LIBRARIES

Aarhus BibliotekerneAuckland LibrariesBelgrade City LibraryBenue State Library BoardBergen Offentlige BibliotekBiblioteca Daniel Cosío VillegasBiblioteca de AndalucíaBiblioteca Demonstrativa Maria da Conceição Moreira SallesBiblioteca Nazionale Centrale di RomaBiblioteca Nazionale di Napoli “Vittorio Emanuele III”Biblioteca Pública Municipal do Porto / Porto Municipal LibrariesBibliotheken der Stadt MainzBibliothèque Municipale de ReimsBibliothèque publique d’informationBibliothèques Municipales GenèveBüchereien Wien – ViennaCalgary Public LibraryCape Breton Regional LibraryCarnegie Library of PittsburghChicago Public LibraryChristchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga o ŌtautahiColombo Public LibraryCork City LibrariesDunedin Public LibrariesEspoo City LibraryGalway Public LibrariesHartford Public LibraryHelsinki City LibraryHouston Public LibraryIndia International Centre LibraryJamaica Library ServiceKansas City Public LibraryKatona József Library of Bács-Kiskun CountyLeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library SystemLiterature Translation Institute of Korea LibraryMestna knjižnica Ljubljana/Ljubljana City LibraryMiami-Dade Public LibraryMünchner StadtbibliothekMunicipal Library of PragueMuntpunt – Hoofdstedelijke Openbare BibliotheekOklahoma Department of LibrariesOpenbare Bibliotheek GentOpenbare Bibliotheek, RotterdamOslo Public Library (Deichman)Pikes Peak Library DistrictRedbridge LibrariesRegionální knihovna Karviná (Regional Library of Karviná)Richland LibrarySaint John Free Public LibrarySeattle Public LibraryStadtbibliothek BremenStadtbücherei Frankfurt am MainStadtbüchereien DüsseldorfState Library of New South WalesState Library of QueenslandState Library of South AustraliaStockholm Public LibraryTallinn Central LibraryTampere City LibraryThe National Library of AustraliaThe National Library of MalaysiaThe State Library of VictoriaThe State Library of Western AustraliaTimaru District LibrariesToronto Public LibraryUniversitäts-und Landesbibliothek BonnUniversitätsbibliothek BernVancouver Public LibraryVeria Central Public LibraryWaterford City and County LibrariesWinnipeg Public LibraryWojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna im. Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego w Łodzi (Jozef Pilsudski Regional and Municipal Public Library in Lodz)Zentral- und Landesbibliothek BerlinZentralbibliothek Zürich

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