Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The 41st Hennessy Literary Awards

photo by Kieran Harnett

A cocktail crying out to be drank

 Fellow Shortlistee Máire T Robinson with John Murphy


Still crying out...

 
 MC John Kelly


 The amazed, stunned and hazy bit...

John Boyne joins the hall of Fame



I'm thrilled to have won the New Irish Writer Of The Year Award and the Emerging Poetry Award for my poem Kitty. There were lots of lovely guests including former winners Siobhan Mannion and Madeleine D'Arcy and fellow nominees Maire Robinson and Aisling Keogh. It was great to meet Deirdre Purcell and blogger Kate Dempsey and of course the star of the show, John Boyne who was inducted into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall Of Fame, joining writers such as Dermot Bolger, Joseph O Connor, Patrick Mc Cabe, Colum McCann, Frank Mc Guinness, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamiltion, Neil Jordan and Sebastian Barry.

Ciaran Carty, New Irish Writing Editor, judged the entrants with authors Giles Foden and Deirdre Purcell. It's only the seventh time a poet has won the award, which makes it an added honour. First Fiction was won by Barbara Tarrent for her extremely powerful story Baby and Emerging Fiction was won by Viv Mc Dade for the original and witty Leaving For Chile.
  • For more on the night click  HERE
  • For the more about the shortlistees and their work there's a great post on Emerging Writer's Blog  HERE 
  • To hear actress Tara Quirke read Kitty click HERE 
  • To hear  my interview and reading of Kitty with Clem Ryan on KFM click HERE

NEW IRISH WRITING SUBMISSION DETAILS:
Stories should not exceed 2,200 words and up to six poems may be submitted. Entries (with a stamped addressed envelope) should be submitted to: New Irish Writing, Irish Independent, 27-32 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, along with name, phone number and email address.

29 comments:

Brian Kirk said...

Congratulations Niamh! It's a great achievement. Well done!

The Poetry Bus said...

Wow!Congratulations Niamh! Well done!

Old Kitty said...

Oh my stars - you are gorgeous! Well done you!! Oh wow - you're star is so risen it's just gonna go super nova! Yay! Take care
x

Brigid said...

Wow, Niamh, congrats and what a win:)
The pictures are fab and the caption,
-A Cocktail crying out to be drank-would make a great poem title.
Enjoy, your family must be so proud of you:)

nibby said...

Well done niamh....i am definitely getting your autograph next time i see you.It might be worth a few euro's in years to come.......delighted for you!!!

Michael Farry said...

That's great Niamh, well done!!!

Máire T. Robinson said...

Yay! I was so awed by the surroundings I completely forgot to take any photos apart from one hasty one on the way out, so,I might rob the one you took of myself and John if that's okay? Congrats again, Niamh. A well deserved win. xxx

Louise said...

You're amazing - well done - plus killer smile!

valeriesirr said...

Delighted for you, Niamh. Well done.

Niamh B said...

Brilliant stuff Niamh - it's your year!!! Well done

Anonymous said...

Niamh - CONGRATULATIONS!! Pics are gorgeous, well done. Hope you enjoyed a few of those cocktails!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Big congrats, Niamh. Lovely news - your star is on the rise. And you look great too!

Alison Wells said...

Am so delighted to hear your news Niamh. It must have been a wonderful occasion! Huge congrats and best wishes for continued success. It's been quite a year for you so far! xxx

Alison Wells said...

Am so delighted to hear your news Niamh. It must have been a wonderful occasion! Huge congrats and best wishes for continued success. It's been quite a year for you so far! xxx

Mari G said...

Wow, Niamh - the roll continues! So well done & well deserved, 'Kitty' is a fabulous piece of writing.
AND what a lovely prize!

Theresa Milstein said...

Niamh, thanks for sharing your special night. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

Did you drink that drink?

Ev said...

Well done you - keep poetry coming - your country needs you!

Martin said...

Many congratulations, Niamh! Well deserved.

Órfhlaith Foyle said...

Brilliant news Niamh. Well deserved award. I'm delighted for you and my congratulations for 'Kitty'.

Words A Day said...

thanks everyone!
And I did, drink that drink, I mean:)

Padhraig Nolan said...

Brilliantissimotastic! Very pleased for you Niamh!

Padhraig Nolan said...

Brilliantissimotastic! Very pleased for you Niamh!

Orla Fay said...

Congratulations!

Peter Goulding said...

So. Not content with one award, you go and grab a second! Absolutely brilliant news. I am really so delighted for you!!

Titus said...

Fabulous! Congratulations, and looks like a super night befitting your very talents!

Sarah B said...

Niamh WOW well done. You are an inspiration and am thrilled for you. Even looked like you were wearing a dress (prom?)!

Madeleine D'Arcy said...

Congratulations Niamh! You are such a deserving winner. XXX Madeleine

Afric McGlinchey said...

Brilliant news! Delighted for you, and well done on being the 7th poet to win the overall prize! Way to go...
These be the heady times!

Faith Pray said...

Oh, WOW! Sorry to be so late in the discovery,but HURRAY, and well-deserved!~