Madden inducted into literary awards hall of fame

 Frank Kelly and Rex during the launch at Kehoe's Pub, Dublin, of 'Dog Pound', which premiered last night at the Hennessy Literary Awards. Picture: Gareth Chaney
Frank Kelly and Rex during the launch at Kehoe's Pub, Dublin, of 'Dog Pound', which premiered last night at the Hennessy Literary Awards. Picture: Gareth Chaney

More than three decades after winning her first Hennessy literary prize, writer Deirdre Madden has been inducted into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame.

She was among four writers recognised yesterday at the 43rd Hennessy Literary Awards ceremony held in Dublin.

Brendan McLoughlin, Last Breath (First Fiction); Sean Kenny, Is this Australia? (Emerging Fiction); and David Cameron, Night Singing and B&B (Emerging Poetry) were among the winners.

McLoughlin took the overall award, named the Hennessy New Irish Writer 2014. Born in Dublin in 1991, Last Breath is his first publication and he is working on a novel.

Is this Australia? was the winning submission for the emerging fiction category by Sean Kenny. A recipient of the 2012 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition and a shortlisted in the 2011 Swift Satire Award, Sean’s fiction has appeared in the Irish Times, Southword, Wordlegs and in Crannóg.

A Scottish poet with family roots in Sligo and Tyrone, David Cameron was the recipient of the emerging poetry award for Night Singing and B&B. David’s poems have appeared in London Magazine and Stand.

Since 2003, the Hennessy Literary Awards has also celebrated the success and achievements of established Irish writers by inducting one distinguished writer each year into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame. This year’s inductee is Deirdre Madden, who joins an elite group, including Dermot Healy, John Boyne, Sebastian Barry, Dermot Bolger, Frank McGuinness, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton and Neil Jordan.

This year saw a new addition to the awards with Dog Pound, a short film starring Frank Kelly premiered during the ceremony. It was written by the Hennessy New Irish Writer of 2010, Madeleine D’Arcy. The film has been nominated in the Galway Film Fleadh and will be available to view on Youtube from today.

This year’s the judges were Ciaran Carty; poet, Theo Dorgan; and literary agent, Peter Straus.

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