Listowel Writers' Week reveals Irish novel of the year and other prize winners

Anakana Schofield's BINA takes home the Novel honours, while Professor Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin adds another poetry laurel to her collection
Listowel Writers' Week reveals Irish novel of the year and other prize winners

Writer Anakana Schofield: took home the Novel of the Year from this year's Listowel Writer's Week

This year's virtual version of Listowel Writers' Week has just kicked off, and the Co Kerry event revealed its award winners at an online awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

The winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year for 2021, worth €15,000, was Anakana Schofield, for her novel BINA, chosen from a shortlist of five novels by adjudicators Rachel Cusk and Richard Skinner.

Schofield, whose previous books include Martin John and Malarky, was born in England to an Irish mother, and has spent periods living in Dublin. 

BINA published by Fleet and Little, Brown is described as a "a provocative, feminist novel about a woman who persists in spite of the violence, injustice, and oppression that fills her world."

Also on the shortlist were:

  • This Happy by Niamh Campbell
  • Threshold by Rob Doyle
  • A Sabbatical in Leipzig by Adrian Duncan
  • Words to Shape my Name by Laura McKenna

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. Picture: Clare Keogh
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. Picture: Clare Keogh

The winner of the Pigott Poetry Prize is Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, for her Collected Poems, selected from a shortlist of three, by Maura Dooley and Mark Waldron.

The Pigott Poetry Prize of €12,000 is Ireland’s largest monetary prize for a poetry collection by an Irish poet.

Collected Poems, published by the Gallery Press, spans more than fifty years of poetry - including nine collections and new previously unpublished poems.

The other two collections are:

Ourselves by Beda Higgins

Selected Poems, Found Architecture by Sinéad Morrissey

Cork poet Eibhlis Carcione.
Cork poet Eibhlis Carcione.

In other competitions,  Eibhlís Carcione won the Duais Foras na Gaeilge for her poem Bean-Eala, and the West Cork-born poet was also shortlisted for the Poetry Collection prize, an award won by Eoin Hegarty for Ore.

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