Lit Review | 114 | Bord Gáis International Recognition Award & Dublin Book Festival

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

– Ray Bradbury

The Lit Review is here to help you stay drunk on good writing!


Bord Gáis International Recognition Award

It has been announced that David Walliams, English comedian turned children’s author, will be presented with the Bord Gáis International Recognition Award at this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards ceremony which takes place in Dublin on 28th November 2017. Walliams is to receive the accolade in recognition of his significant contribution to children’s literature in the past decade. Previous recipients of the award include Jilly Cooper, Jeffrey Archer and Bill Bryson.

The Broken Spiral

The Broken Spiral anthology is set to launch in mid-November 2017. It is a collection of short stories by Irish authors in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Contributors include Louise O’Neill, Colin Barrett, Claire Hennessy, Alvy Carragher and loads more fantastic writers. The anthology will be available for purchase from Hodges Figgis, Books Upstairs and the Irish Writers Centre.

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George Saunders wins Man Booker Prize. Source
Man Booker Prize

Unless you’ve been hibernating beneath a huge pile of books drunk on literature you’ve probably heard by now that American author George Saunders won the Man Booker Prize for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo. The book is based on a real visit President Abraham Lincoln made in 1862 to the body of his 11-year-old son Willie at a Washington cemetery. It is the second year in a row an American has won the £50,000 pound ($66,000) prize, which was opened to US authors in 2014.



Dublin Book Festival

Dublin Book Festival is kicking off on November 2nd. Smock Alley Theatre will be serving as the festival hub. There will be tonnes of interesting events happening during the week including Stand in Awe of All Mná, a half-day event taking place in The Irish Writers Centre which will focus on women writers in the literature industry. The line up includes Julieann Campbell, Gráinne Clear, Mia Gallagher, Sarah Maria Griffin, Felicity McCall and Freya McClements. Check out the Dublin Book Festival Programme for the full programme of events.

gorse and Paper Visual Art present: Art+Writing 4: Line

gorse are hosting an event Art+Writing 4: Line with Sara Baume and Tamarin Norwood, in Poetry Ireland on Wednesday 25 October 2017, 7pm. Art & Writing, organised by Paper Visual Art and gorse journals, is a series of conversations between practitioners who work at the intersection of writing and the visual arts.

Competitions & Submissions

Doolin Writers’ Weekend Competitions

Doolin Writers’ Competition 2018 with a prize fund of €2500 is open for entries for short stories, poetry and flash fiction.  This year Doireann Ní Ghríofa will judge the poetry competition, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen from Tramp Press will judge the Short Story and the Flash Fiction Category. Closing date is December 1st.

gorse call for submissions

gorse are are open for submissions for their 11th issue. They are seeking essays, short stories, poetry, and interviews that explore the theme of borders. According to their website: “With its roots in Compass Lines, a writing exchange project conceived and produced by gorse poetry editor Christodoulos Makris for the Irish Writers Centre in 2016, this North/South issue will be an artistic and cultural response to the current climate and idea of borders, both real and imagined, and not limited to Ireland, but exploring the UK, as well as North America/South America, northern and southern hemispheres.” Submissions close on November 15th.

HeadStuff Literature

In case you missed it, HeadStuff’s Literature section is open for submissions.

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