Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally
acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together
writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in
the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel County Kerry.
31st May to 4th of June 2017
2017 Festival Line Up Announced!
Kerry Group and Listowel Writers’ Week are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award 2017 which includes three debut novels.
The award is for the best novel by an Irish author published between 1st February 2016 and 1st February 2017 with a prize of €15,000 for the winning author – the largest monetary prize awarded for fiction and available solely for Irish writers.
The Shortlisted novels and authors are:-
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.
My Name is Leon by Kit DE Waal.
Inch Levels by Neil Hegarty.
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack.
Nothing on Earth Conor O’Callaghan.
“Kerry Group is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2017” said Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs. “Now in its 22nd year, this prestigious award continues to recognise Ireland’s leading literary talent. The five exceptional novels shortlisted for this year’s Award will undoubtedly further Ireland’s international reputation and proud literary tradition. I commend our two adjudicators, A L Kennedy and Neel Mukherjee, for compiling this year’s shortlist which showcases a rich and diverse selection of Irish writing”. The winner will be announced at the opening ceremony of this years’ Listowel Writers’ Week on May 31st 2017 and be presented with the €15,000 prize.
This year’s adjudicators are novelists AL Kennedy and Neel Mukherjee
Listowel Writers’ Week Festival Chairperson Liz Dunn said “The announcement of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year is always a very exciting time of year for us as we await the adjudicators’ decision. Three of the five shortlisted novelists of 2017 submitted their first novels and this, perhaps, reflects a change in shift of such awards and I find it fascinating that they should be selected from a longlist of such prestigious and well-established authors.