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An Post Irish Book Awards Winners Event
27 November , 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm GMT
With Madeleine Keane
In partnership with An Post Irish Book Awards 2020
Meet some of the winners from the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020 at this year’s Dublin Book Festival. Madeleine Keane, Literary Editor with the Sunday Independent, will chat to a panel of 2020 winning authors to get an insight into their varied writing lives, as well as their tips and advice on the best way to commit words to the page. Taking place in November each year, the An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote the glories of Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Ireland’s major literary event will announce winners across fifteen separate categories including Novel, Crime Fiction, Newcomer, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Children’s, Cookery, Short Story, Poetry, Teen and Young Adult and Irish Language.
Dublin Book Festival is delighted to welcome three category winners of the #APIBAS to this exclusive Winners Event. Madeleine Keane will be joined by Donal Ryan, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Neven Maguire.
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Winner of the Eason Novel of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awardss
Donal Ryan is from Nenagh in County Tipperary. His first three novels, The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December and All We Shall Know, and his short story collection A Slanting of the Sun, have all been published to major acclaim. The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards; it was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was voted ‘Irish Book of the Decade’. His fourth novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, was longlisted for Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018. A former civil servant, Donal lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and their two children just outside Limerick City.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Winner of the Odgers Berndtson Non Fiction Book of the Year in association with the Business Post at the An Post Irish Book Awards
Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a poet and essayist. Her most recent book is the bestseller ‘A Ghost in the Throat,’ which finds the eighteenth-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill haunting the life of a contemporary young mother, prompting her to turn detective. The book has just been named the Odgers Berndtson Non Fiction Book of the Year in association with the Business Post at the An Post Irish Book Awards. Doireann is also author of six critically-acclaimed books of poetry, each a deepening exploration of birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Awards for her writing include a Lannan Literary Fellowship (USA), the Ostana Prize (Italy), a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University), and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, among others.
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Winner of the Bookselling Ireland Cookbook of the Year
Neven Maguire is Ireland’s favourite chef. He has sold over 100,000 cookbooks in Ireland. His latest book, Midweek Meals has justwon an An Post Irish Book Award, The Nation’s Favourite Food Fast! also won an Irish Book Award previously, Neven Maguire’s Baby and Toddler Cookbook won the Maternity and Infant Best Family Cookbook award, and Neven Maguire’s Complete Family Cookbook won the Food and Wine Cookbook of the Year. A regular on RTÉ television, he lives in Blacklion, Co. Cavan, with his wife Amelda and young twins Conor and Lucia, where he runs the perennially popular MacNean House and Restaurant and the Neven Maguire Cookery School.
Madeleine Keane is an editor, lecturer and award-winning travel journalist. She was educated at UCD and Trinity. She worked in the editorial departments of Irish Tatler, Image Magazine and the publishing house Chatto & Windus. She joined the Sunday Independent in 1988 and has been its Literary Editor for the last 18 years. She co-founded the Irish Book Awards and curated two writers’ festivals.
She also presented a books programme for RTE TV (‘First Edition’) and has written a non-fiction careers guide for teenagers What Will I Be? (Mercier Press). She was a member of the steering committee for the successful Dublin City of Literature UNESCO bid. She regularly writes about books, theatre and travel. She has broadcast on TV and radio about books and publishing and presents at literary festivals and events. She lectures on writing at UCD and the Irish Writers’ Centre.