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Irish Writer Donal Ryan Awarded with EU Literary Prize

the spinning heartDonal Ryan, author of Spinning Heart, was one of the 12 recipients of the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature at the London Book Fair. The prize is intended to recognise up-and-coming talent in literature, and rewards each of the 12 winners with €5,000. It was established in 2009. The winners are also encouraged to apply for funding from the EU in order to have their books translated into other languages. 

The award receives funding from Creative Europe, an initiative that has the goal of adding fire to the competition and passion in the fields of creativity and culture in the European Union. 

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Shortlist Titles Wander the World

IMPAC Award Book TitlesThe 20th Anniversary of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, managed by the Dublin City Public Libraries, does not bring a disappointing selection for the 2015 shortlist. Briefly browsing the selected titles, each one promises a unique world that the reader can disappear into. Timeless subjects such as love, loss of innocence and isolation make appearances. Each novel's prose will speak to the reader in an unforgettable and haunting voice.

Shortlist Announced - 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

2015 ShortlistWednesday 15th April 2015: 10 novels have been shortlisted for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Public Libraries. The list includes TransAtlantic by Irish author and former winner, Colum McCann, three novels in translation from Brazil, France and Morocco and novels from Australia, Nigeria, the UK and the USA.

Right: The ten shortlisted titles (view photo slideshow below)

The IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched on 7th April 1995, making this year our 20th anniversary.

The shortlisted titles are:

2015 Shortlist for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

2015 Baileys Women's Prize The shortlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 was announced yesterday, 13 April. The prize, which is open to any novel in English by a woman of any nationality, has selected the six finalists for this year's prize, which includes a cheque for £30,000 and a bronze statue called a "Bessie." 

Picture Book Wins 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Blown Away

Meet Penguin Blue! Meet 'Blown Away', the 11th winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the debut work of Rob Biddulph! 

It's a windy day, and Penguin Blue has a brand new kite - but where's he going on this maiden flight? In this fun and enjoyable picture book written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph, Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites. 

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize has three categories, from which the overall winner is selected. Biddulph's 'Blown Away' had won the Best Illustrated Book category; other category winners were: Sally Green, winner of the best book for teenagers with 'Half Bad', and Robin Stevens, winner of best young fiction with 'Murder Most Unladylike'.

2015 Man Booker International Shortlist

The Man Booker International Prize 2015 LogoThe 2015 Man Booker International Prize Shortlist writers have just been announced today on 24 March, 2015. The ten finalists were revealed by Professor Marina Warner at a press conference hosted at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The prize recognizes a writer for his/her achievement in fiction, and bestows them with a £60,000 award. This year marks the sixth time of the Man Booker International Prize being awarded.

Folio Prize Winner: Akhil Sharma for Family Life

Family Life by Akhil SharmaThe Folio Prize 2015 has announced a grand winner: Akhil Sharma has won the prize for his novel, Family Life. Sharma was awarded the prize on 23 March at a ceremony in King’s Cross, London, along with a cheque for £40,000. This was the second Folio Prize that has been awarded by the Folio Society. The Folio Society began the award last year to recognize outstanding English-language fiction, no matter the geography, genre, or form of the piece.

2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlists Announced

CILIP Book AwardsThe 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists were recently announced on Tuesday, 17th March. The medals are awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and are the oldest awards for children's books in the UK.

The Carnegie Medal was established in 1936 in the memory of Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie established more than 2,800 libraries across the English-speaking world.

The Kate Greenaway Medal has been awarded since 1955 to distinguished illustrations in the world of children's books. The award is named after the 19th-century artist and children's illustrator, who was extremely gifted in the art of illustration herself.

Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards 2015 Shortlist

CBI logoThe shortlist for the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards was announced on Wednesday, 11 March, 2015. Ten titles were named to continue on to compete for the prestigious awards for both writing and illustration. These awards include the Children's Choice Award, which is voted for by youth readers from all over the country. Award winners be announced on the 19th of May at the Light House Cinema in Dublin.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlist Announcement

Baileys women's prize for fiction 2015On Monday, 9th March the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction announced the longlist for this year's prize of 2015. The prize is an annual award that acknowledges excellence, originality and accessibility in the writings of women from across the globe. It was launched in 1966, and is endowed by an anonymous donor. The prize includes a £30,000 cheque for the overall winner, in addition to a limited edition bronze known as a 'Bessie' which is created by artist Grizel Niven. 

This year's longlist includes 20 titles, with a variety of genres and styles included on the list. There are a number of both new and well-established writers included as well, representing a good variety of talent from across the field.

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