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Shortlist for Dalkey Literary Awards 2022 Announced

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Some of the biggest names in Irish writing including global phenomenon Sally Rooney, Booker-prize winner John Banville, and established authors Claire Keegan, Nuala O’Connor and Kevin Power will appear at a special event at the Dalkey Book Festival in June.  The five writers are all shortlisted in this year’s ‘Novel of the Year’ category of the Dalkey Literary Awards presented by Zurich, the biggest award solely for Irish writers.  With a prize fund of €30,000, the much-loved authors are set to appear at a panel event on Saturday 18th June before the awards take place later that evening.  

The shortlist for this year’s Dalkey Literary Awards has been announced by the Dalkey Book Festival, in conjunction with Zurich Insurance plc.  

The shortlisted titles for the Dalkey Literary Awards 2022 Novel of the Year are:

  • April in Spain by John Banville
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
  • Nora by Nuala O’Connor
  • Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
  • White City by Kevin Power

Five up-and-coming writers across a range of genres who have been nominated for the Dalkey Literary Awards ‘Emerging Writer’.  They are:

  • A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion
  • Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding
  • Eat Or We Both Starve by Victoria Kennefick
  • The End of the World is a Cul de Sac by Louise Kennedy
  • Unsettled by Rosaleen McDonagh.

The winners of the 2022 ‘Novel of the Year’ and ‘Emerging Writer’ Awards, which boast prize funds of €20,000 and €10,000 respectively, will be announced as part of the hugely popular Dalkey Book Festival which will return from 16th to 19th June.

Sian Smyth, Director of the Dalkey Book Festival said: ‘I’m extremely proud to be announcing the shortlists for the third year running. We launched these Awards to honour Irish writing at a time when festivals, book launches, and public readings were shut down and this year it is exciting to anticipate getting together for a public celebration of the winners at a live ceremony as part of the Dalkey Book Festival in June. Zurich are giving back to writers with a generous prize fund, the most lucrative in the Irish literary calendar. I hope the announcement of these shortlists will prompt the reading – or re-reading – of the shortlisted titles. ‘

Neil Freshwater, CEO Zurich Insurance plc said: The addition of the Dalkey Literary Awards to the Festival and celebrating the literary talent of the Irish people, is something we are very proud to support. We look forward to June this year when we will be able to applaud the winners in person in Dalkey. Congratulations to the shortlisted authors and our thanks to the Nominating Panel and Judges.”

The awards themselves are beautifully hand-made in hardwood by Wicklow craftsman Tony Monaghan.  The storm-felled Irish timber used for the awards is sourced locally and selected based on interesting grain patterns, colour consistency and overall aesthetic appeal. Incorporating ancient woods such as sweet chestnut, oak, redwood, elm, ash and 300-year old yew, the lovingly crafted awards are shaped like a book with the different woods resembling the layers and pages of a book.

The Judging Panels for this year’s Dalkey Literary Awards have also been announced.

  • Novel of the Year will be decided by Fred Studemann (Literary Editor of the FT Weekend), Elaine Feeney (writer) and Willie White (Director, Dublin Theatre Festival).
  • Madeleine Keane (Sunday Independent), Martina Devlin (writer) and Hugh Linehan (The Irish Times) make up the Judging Panel for the Emerging Writer category. 

Set in the beautiful seaside town of Dalkey in County Dublin, the Dalkey Book Festival has been playing host to some of the greatest authors and thinkers from across the globe since 2010. The festival celebrates literature, history, theatre, film and comedy as well as ideas, exploring the worlds of science, technology, current affairs, politics and global trends.  After two years’ absence of a live, in-person festival (last year’s festival was presented virtually), the 2022 festival will take place between 16th and 19th June with the stellar line up of Irish and international speakers beloved by the festival’s supporters. 

For news updates visit www.zurich.ie/dalkey-literary-awards/2022 and follow @dalkeybookfest on social media.

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