“We live in a golden age of prose writing in Ireland. And I am really happy to be the ambassador of this rather stupendous reality for a few years.” Sebastian Barry
Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry presents his third and final Laureate Lecture, The Fog of Family. Adored by readers and critics alike for his insight, ingenuity, and soul-searching prose, Barry’s novels have twice won the Costa Book of the Year award, the Independent Booksellers Award and the Walter Scott Prize. He had two consecutive novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Long Long Way (2005) and the top ten bestseller The Secret Scripture (2008), and has also won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. The Laureate for Irish Fiction is an initiative of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. The role seeks to acknowledge the contribution of fiction writers to Irish artistic and cultural life by honouring an established Irish writer of fiction; encouraging a new generation of writers; promoting Irish literature nationally and internationally; and encouraging the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction.
“Nobody writes like, nobody takes lyrical risks like, nobody pushes the language, and the heart, and the two together, quite like Sebastian Barry does.” Ali Smith
This event is part of the public programme of the Laureate for Irish Fiction, an initiative of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
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