New Author Sara Baume is Getting Noticed!

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Sara BaumeSara Baume was yesterday awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in recognition of her outstanding achievement as a fiction writer. The prize is awarded annually to an emerging Irish writer under forty years of age for a body of work that the selection committee considers shows exceptional promise. However the Prize website does state that 'a single exceptional work may warrant an award'.

Right: Sara Baume (photo: Tramp Press)

Sara's debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, was published in Ireland by Tramp Press earlier this year and recently released in the UK by Windmill Books. It has been longlisted for this year's Guardian First Book Award, being the readers' nominee. Sara has also won the Davy Byrnes Short Story Award in 2014 and earlier this year won the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. Her short fiction has been published in The Dublin Review, The Moth, The Penny Dreadful, The Stinging Fly and the Irish Independent as part of the Hennessy New Irish Writing series. Her short story Soulsearcher1 is available in Davy Byrnes Stories 2014.

Sara was born in Lancashire in the UK but grew up in County Cork.

Book Summary

spill simmer falter witherSpringtime, and two misfits – one an eccentric loner and the other a one-eyed dog – forge an unlikely relationship. In a tired seaside town, these outcasts find solace in each other. But as their friendship grows, they are driven away by a community that perceives menace where there is only mishap.

About Soulsearcher1

Solesearcher1’ is set in a small town on the Irish coast and the characters in it are creatures of habit. The story shows the moment when that sense of habit becomes strange, difficult and sinister, but there is great pleasure in the writing and this makes a piece that is about loneliness and isolation very enjoyable, somehow, with tenderness and insight on every page. (Source: The Stinging Fly)

About the Rooney Prize

The Rooney Prize was established in 1976 through the generosity of Dr Daniel Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers (American football team) and of his wife Patricia, and since 2007 it has been administered in Trinity College's Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing of the School of English. It is worth €10,000 to the winner.

This is the 39th year of the Prize, and past winners have included Bernard Farrell, Kevin Barry, Neil Jordan and Anne Enright. Last years' winner was Colin Barrett.

Read also

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume review – a deft and moving debut (Guardian)

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume - book review: A heart-breaking read from a major new talent (UK Independent)

Sara Baume: ‘I actually hate writing. It’s really hard’ (Irish Times)

Sara Baume is readers' nominee for Guardian first book award 2015 (Guardian)

Davy Byrnes Short Story Award (The Stinging Fly)

Visit Sara Baume on the web. See also Tramp Press.

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