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John Boyne makes Little Rebels Children's Book Award Shortlist

John BoyneJohn Boyne's is likely a familiar name to most of you, he having gained worldwide recognition for his fourth novel, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', published in 2006 and adapted for cinema in 2008. That book won the Irish Children's Book Award in 2007 as well as the Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award. Well, his name popped up again recently in the context of another award, this time the 2016 Little Rebels Children's Book Award for which he has been shortlisted for 'The Boy at the Top of the Mountain', alongside Dublin-born children's illustrator Yasmeen Ismail.

The shortlist (for books published in 2015), which include three picture books, is as follows:

Two Irish Authors on Bailey's Women Prize Shortlist

Baileys Women's Prize for FictionCongratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney who have been shortlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for The Green Road, and The Glorious Heresies respectively. "After a long and often passionate debate we are proud to present our 2016 shortlist," said Margaret Mountford, Chair of judges. "Our choices reflect a really diverse mix of brilliant writing from new and established authors around the world and we hope that everyone will find much to enjoy in them."

In The Green Road, Enright tells the story of the Madigan family, mother Rosaleen and her adult children Dan, Emmet, Constance and Hanna who have gathered at home for Christmas for the first time in years. Enright first introduces us to each character when they are younger, more innocent and less damaged: Hanna as a schoolgirl, Dan enjoying the freedom of the New York art scene of the 1990s, Constance, the only sibling to have stayed in Ireland, raising her young family; and Emmet, an aid worker in Mali. When they reunite in 2005 they are very different people and the reader must ponder what life has meant to each in the intervening years.

International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist Announced

Literary Award10 novels have been shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award, proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries. The list includes Academy Street by Irish author Mary Costello, four novels in translation from Brazil, France, Germany and Spain and novels from India, Jamaica and the USA.

The shortlisted titles are:

Shortlist for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Announced

ShortlistBook award announcements are coming thick and fast right now, what with the recent announcements of the Desmond Elliott Prize longlist, the Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists and the YA Book Prize shortlist. And, lest we forget, the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist will be announced next Tuesday!

So no surprise if we update you on yet another book award, this time the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, the shortlist of which has just been revealed, the winner to be declared during Listowel Writers' Week (1-5 June 2016). The shortlist reads like a Who's Who of modern Irish writers - Banville, Barry, Enright, O'Brien, I don't envy the judges picking one of these above the others. And lets not be unfair to the fifth name on the list, that of debutant Austin Duffy, who may lay some claim to fame of his own as winner of  RTÉ’s Francis MacManus award for his short story, Orca. His is the only first novel on the shortlist, which is as follows:-

Three Irish Authors on Desmond Elliott Prize Longlist

Desmond Elliott Prize 2016Novels by Lisa McInerney, Gavin McCrea and Sara Baume have been named on Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 longlist. Now in its ninth year the Prize is awarded to a debut novel written in English and published in the UK. It is named after charismatic literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott who was a champion of new writers. Previous winners include Clare Fuller's Our Endless Numbered Days (2015) and A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride (2014).

Carnegie and Greenaway Shortlists Announced

Carnegie & Greenaway medalsWe are delighted to see Irish literary talent featuring on award shortlists once again! This time congratulations are due to Oliver Jeffers and Sarah Crossan, as their fabulous books have made it onto the prestigious Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists. Oliver Jeffers' beautiful picture book Once upon an Alphabet is a book to buy and treasure.  Sarah Crossan's remarkable young adult novel One has already been named on the CBI Book Awards and YA Book Prize shortlists.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. While the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. The winners will be announced on 20 June 2016.

Two Irish authors on YA Book Prize Shortlist

Young Adult Book Prize 2016Congratulations to talented Irish authors Louise O'Neill and Sarah Crossan who have been shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016 for their novels 'Asking For It' and 'One'.  Both of these critically acclaimed books have been popping up regularly on shortlists, and 'Asking For It' was recently voted the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year, 2015.  Louise O'Neill has already scooped this award, having won the inaugural YA Book Prize in 2015 for 'Only Ever Yours'. Can she make it two years in a row? We wish both Louise and Sarah the very best of luck!

The YA Book Prize is for YA authors based in the UK and Ireland and the winner will be announced on 2 June 2016.

Two Irish authors on Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist

Baileys Women's Prize for FictionCongratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney on being longlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. The longlist also features strong contenders Kate Atkinson, Elizabeth Strout and Hanya Yanagihara.

In The Green Road, Enright tells the story of the Madigan family, mother Rosaleen and her adult children Dan, Emmet, Constance and Hanna who have gathered at home for Christmas for the first time in years. Enright first introduces us to each character when they are younger, more innocent and less damaged: Hanna as a schoolgirl, Dan enjoying the freedom of the New York art scene of the 1990s, Constance, the only sibling to have stayed in Ireland, raising her young family; and Emmet, an aid worker in Mali. When they reunite in 2005 they are very different people and the reader must ponder what life has meant to each in the intervening years. 

The Glorious Heresies is Lisa McInerney's first novel, though you may have come across her writing as Sweary Lady in her witty blog The Arse End of Ireland which she wrote from 2006. McInerney's debut is set in post-boom Cork and her protagonists inhabit the darker edge of society; Ryan, a 15 year old drug dealer and his alcoholic father, Georgie, a prostitute; and Maureen, whose son is a gangster, has just accidentally murdered someone.  McInerney's energetic comic style and her interesting characters lift the book from its setting and make for a colourful, fresh read.

CBI Book of Year Award Shortlist Revealed

CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016Children's Books Ireland has announced the shortlist for their 2016 Book of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the very best in Irish children's literature. They are open to any children's book written in English or Irish by Irish born or resident authors and illustrators.

The 2016 shortlist covers titles for all ages, from charming picture books for the youngest book lovers, to young adult fiction with dark and difficult themes. It features previous CBI Book of the Year winners Oliver Jeffers (Once Upon an Alphabet, 2015) and  John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 2007). Louise O'Neill's Asking For It has already gathered praise and generated much discussion since it was published last year and in December it was chosen by public vote as the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2015.

Walter Scott Prize Longlist Announced

Mrs EngelsDublin-born author Gavin McCrea's debut novel 'Mrs Engels' has been longlisted along with twelve other books for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Founded in 2010, the prize is awarded for "writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past". Eligible books must have been first published in the UK, Ireland or Commonwealth in the preceding year.

The winner of the Walter Scott Prize receives st£25,000, making it is one of the largest literary awards in the UK.

The longlist is:-

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