Author Gavin Corbett has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for his novel, This is the Way. The prize was announced as Listowel Writers’ Week opened for the 42nd time.
The coveted €15,000 Kerry Group Award is the largest monetary prize for fiction available solely to Irish authors. Joining Gavin on the shortlist were Lucy Caldwell, Claire Kilroy, Kathleen MacMahon and Thomas O’Malley.
The second novel from this Dublin-based author, This is the Way tells the story of a modern-day Traveller hiding in Dublin from his people and their blood feuds, coming to terms with his powerful, mythic inheritance. Gavin was born in the west of Ireland and grew up in Dublin, where he studied History at Trinity College. This is the Way, is published by Fourth Estate in the UK and by Faber in the US (Winter 2013). He has recently moved back to Dublin from New York.
Speaking about the 2013 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, commented, “Our Award celebrates excellence in Irish fiction writing. This year’s shortlist included five exceptionally talented Irish writers who’s work showcases the breadth of literary talent in Ireland. Gavin Corbett, as the recipient of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, is a worthy winner and I would like to congratulate him on his outstanding novel, This is the Way.”
This year’s Festival opening ceremony, officially launched by journalist and author John Bowman, featured a slew of literary prizes, including the John B Keane Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Mercier Press, which was presented to poet John Montague.
Listowel Writers’ Week is one of the most varied of the country’s literary festivals and the town boasts a fabulous festival atmosphere throughout the week. The festival continues until Sunday 2nd June, featuring a wealth of talent from Ireland and abroad, with appearances from Thomas Keneally, Colum McCann, Rebecca Miller, Audrey Niffenegger, Colm Tóibín, Willy Vlautin and many more.
The international scope of this year’s event includes the inaugural Italian-Irish literary exchange, with Festival themes focusing on the experience of migration in contemporary Irish writing, the Irish Famine, the Irish-American Short Story and a bi-lingual celebration of Máire Mhac an tSaoi.
Listowel Writers’ Week also features theatre, music, cinema, art exhibitions, literary bus and walking tours plus an expanded children’s programme. New writers also have the opportunity to shine at several dedicated events.
To find out more, visit www.writersweek.ie