Anthology honours Ireland's finest authors

A decade of Irish writers will be honoured tonight with the launch of a major anthology in Dublin.

A decade of Irish writers will be honoured tonight with the launch of a major anthology in Dublin.

The New Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction, featuring the work of authors which appeared in The Sunday Tribune every month for the past 10 years, will be unveiled.

Among the authors attending the event will be Dermot Bolger, Hugh Leonard, June Considine and Colum McCann, Joseph O’Connor and Marina Carr.

For the past 35 years the Hennessy Literary Awards have proved a vital launching pad for many of the most exciting writers in Ireland today.

Initially founded and edited by David Marcus, the New Irish Writing page now appears monthly in The Sunday Tribune, which has been edited for the past 17 years by Ciaran Carty.

Editor of the new anthology, Dermot Bolger said: “Although there are more major literary prizes, the Hennessy Awards are perhaps the most important awards for Irish writers in that they come at the start of a career, they are a vote of confidence in the future of Irish writing and become a calling card for such successive generations of writers to make themselves heard.”

Ciaran Carty added: “This book is dedicated not just to the writers who contributed to it but to the 15,000 other writers didn’t, but who in a way made it possible. The message of the book is . . . keep on writing.”

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