Hennessy literary award nominees announced

DO you know what really annoys the arse off me?

This is the kind of question that sends many of us running for cover but not the judges of the Hennessy XO Literary Awards.

The title of a poem in its Emerging Poetry category, it is one of 19 compositions short-listed for the 2008 awards.

There are three categories in total — First Fiction, Emerging Fiction and Poetry — and the winners of each category will receive e1,500 and a specially commissioned Hennessy XO sculpture.

The winner of the Hennessy XO New Irish Writer 2008 will be chosen from the three category winners and will receive an additional e2,500 and a trophy.

In addition, one eminent Irish writer will be inducted into the Hall of Fame — last year it was Booker Prize winner Anne Enright.

The writers nominated for First Fiction are Tom Clarke, Sketch of a Middle-Aged Woman (Belfast); Eimear Ryan, Caterpillar (Dublin); Barry McKinley, Hope I Die Before I Get Old (Carlow); Selina Guinness, Among the Living, (Dublin); and Donald Mahony, The Running of the Bullocks (Dublin).

Nominated for Emerging Fiction are Kevin Power, The American Girl, (Dublin); Seamus Scanlon, On Her Birthday (Galway); Susan Lanigan, Not An Irish Story (Wicklow); Sharon Irwin, Slapped Dogs, (Mayo); Stephen Wade, High Flyer (Dublin); Aiden O’Reilly, Urban Blackberries, (Dublin); and Colm Keegan, Drown Town (Dublin).

There are six nominations for the Emerging Poetry section: Stephen Kennedy, Do You Know What Really Annoys The Arse Off Me? Rant No 1 (Dublin); Connie Roberts, On Looking Into The Sunday Press Photo Of Mount Carmel Children Looking Into A Stable. Bethlehem, Ireland, Christmas 1970 (New York); Kevin Power, An Irish Suburban Love-song; Poets; Dún Laoghaire (Dublin); Louise Mahaffy, Discard; I Am Yours (Down); David Mohan, Runaway; The Prodigy (Dublin), Celeste Augé, Why Don’t I Teach Him English, They Ask; Footfall (Galway); and Melissa Diew, Red Dress; Winter; Porous (Dublin).

The awards ceremony will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday, April 28.

Now in their 38th year, previous award winners include Anne Enright, Joseph O’Connor, Colum McCann, Frank McGuinness, Pat McCabe and Marina Carr.


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