Mike McCormack wins International Dublin Literary Award
Valerie O’Riordan, Chris Connolly and Anne Patterson on Society of Authors award shortlists
Mike McCormack with the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
Irish author Mike McCormack won the €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award earlier this week for his novel Solar Bones, published by Tramp Press. “Formally ambitious, stylistically dauntless and linguistically spirited,” the judges’ citation declared, “Solar Bones is a novel of extraordinary assurance and scope.” If not quite a rags to riches story, it is a tale of recognition and renown after a career of great early promise was derailed by rejection by mainstream publishers.
In the Society of Authors’ awards announcements, Valerie O’Riordan and Chris Connolly were shortlisted for the Tom-Gallon Trust Award for short stories; and Yes by Anne Patterson, from Co Armagh, was shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize awarded to a first novel by a writer over 40. The four prizes will be awarded at the Authors’ Awards on July 19th.