01 February 2018
Anna Enright

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Man Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright is to receive the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature. The award will be presented by playwright Bernard Farrell at the Irish PEN Annual Dinner on Friday, February 16.

Irish PEN is the Centre in Ireland for PEN, an international association of writers which promotes literature and defends freedom of expression.

In 1998 Irish PEN set up an award to honour an Irish writer who has made an outstanding contribution to Irish literature. This Award is for a significant body of work, written and produced over a number of years, and is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, and scriptwriters.

Anne Enright was born in Dublin in 1962. She won the 2004 Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award for her story, Honey. Her first collection, The Portable Virgin, won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 1991. A second collection, Taking Pictures was published in 2008 and her collected short stories came out the same year under the title Yesterday’s Weather. She has also published a book of essays, Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood (2004) about the experience of becoming a mother.

Her novels are The Wig My Father Wore (1995), shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Irish Literature Prize; What Are You Like?, winner of the 2001 Encore Award and shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread Novel Award; The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (2002); and The Gathering (2007) about a large Irish family gathering for the funeral of a wayward brother. The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Irish Novel of the Year. The Forgotten Waltz (2011) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her latest novel The Green Road (2015) was awarded the BGIE Irish Novel of the Year Award in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize for Fiction.

She was the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction from 2015 to 2018 which is an initiative of the Arts Council of Ireland.

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