Ireland’s great writers - A new energy

Ireland’s reputation as a haven for writers is often seen to rest on past glories, like the works of Joyce, Yeats, Beckett, O’Casey and all the other greats of the 20th century.

Ireland’s great writers - A new energy

So, it is gratifying to observe that good writing is still happening and coming from people who may not be household names here but whose work is being recognised abroad.

John Toomey has just won Britain’s Rubery Prize for Fiction for his novel, Slipping, which is published by Dalkey Archive Press.

Last year, Irish writer Sebastian Barry won the 2016 Costa Book of the Year award for the second time for his novel Days Without End, while young Irish author Sally Rooney’s book Conversations with Friends made the shortlist for the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

Awards apart, there is a new energy in Irish literature, with the rise of a new wave of writers, like Kevin Barry, Donal Ryan, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney, and Sara Baume, to name just a few. Thanks to them, and many others, our reputation remains intact.

More in this section

Price info
IE_180_logo
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

logo podcast

War of Independence Podcast

A special four-part series hosted by Mick Clifford

Available on
www.irishexaminer.com/podcasts

IE logo

Commemorating 100 years since the War of Independence

Lunchtime
News Wrap

A lunchtime summary of content highlights on the Irish Examiner website. Delivered at 1pm each day.

Sign up
Revoiced
Newsletter

Our Covid-free newsletter brings together some of the best bits from irishexaminer.com, as chosen by our editor, direct to your inbox every Monday.

Sign up