BOOKER prize winner Anne Enright last night added another literary award to her growing list of successes.
The 45-year-old was announced as winner of the €15,000 Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award for her novel, The Gathering, at the opening of Writers’ Week in Listowel.
The mother-of-two, who lives in Bray, Co Wicklow, had published essays, short stories, a non-fiction book and four novels before The Gathering — based on the travails of a large family and the suicide of a 39-year-old alcoholic brother — won the 2007 Man Booker Prize.
She began writing full-time in 1993 and also worked as a television producer and director with RTÉ.
The shortlist for the Kerry Group prize also included: Redemption Falls by Joseph O’Connor; South of the Border by James Ryan; The Truth Commissioner by David Park, and With My Lazy Eye by Julia Kelly.
The 38th annual Listowel literary festival was opened by Nobel Laureate Professor Seamus Heaney.
Many prominent literary figures were in attendance, including Colm Toibin, James Ryan, David Park, Carlo Gebler, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Brian Dillon.
Nationally and internationally acclaimed novelists, broadcasters, poets and playwrights, including Lloyd Jones, Diarmaid Ferriter, Mary Lawson, Julian Gough, Stanton Peele, David McWilliams and Brett Paesel will be in attendance at the festival which continues until Sunday.
The programme features workshops, lectures, symposiums, debates, films, music and art, a children’s creative events programme and literary pub trails.
The festival will also feature a story-telling competition dedicated to the late seanchaí Eamon Kelly and a literary and historical bus tour through the village of Athea.
Tributes were paid last night to the late writer and journalist, Nuala Ó Faoláin.
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