In 1998 Irish PEN set up an award to honour an Irish-born 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 Irish PEN TrophyIn 2018 Irish PEN were delighted to present the Irish PEN Award 2017 to Anne Enright for her Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.

The new silver trophy was made by Eileen Moylan in Kerry, photo by Ger Holand

 

eilis_irish_pen 140x210Irish PEN were thrilled to present Éilís Ní Dhuibhne with the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature 2015 at the Irish PEN Award Dinner on Friday 20th February. The dinner is held each year at The Royal St George Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin and there was a full house!

The 2015 award trophy was again sponsored by the national online writing magazine & resources website www.writing.ie founded by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin of The Inkwell Group.

Prof Frank McGuinness receives the Irish PEN Lifetime Award for Literature from twice Booker nominated Sebastian.Barry

Prof Frank McGuinness receives the Irish PEN Lifetime Award for Literature from twice Booker nominated Sebastian.Barry

The 2014 Award Dinner was held on 21st February 2014 and Irish PEN were delighted to honour playwright and author Professor Frank McGuinness with the 2014 Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature. Read all about the evening here.

Members of Irish PEN, as well as previous winners nominate and vote for the candidate. In keeping with the tradition started at the W.B. Yeats dinner in 1935, the writer is presented with the Award in the company of other writers at our annual dinner.

In 1999 the first Irish PEN Award was presented to John B. Keane. Since then Brian Friel, Edna O’Brien, William Trevor, John McGahern, Neil Jordan, Seamus Heaney, Jennifer Johnston, Maeve Binchy, Thomas Kilroy and Roddy Doyle have been recipients.

Colm Toibin, Winner of the 2010 Irish PEN Lifetime Award for Literature

Brendan Kennelly was awarded with the Irish PEN lifetime achievement award on 29 January 2010. For report, entitled ‘I see you dancing, Brendan’ see Archive February 2010.

Previous PEN Award recipients:

1999 John B.Keane

2000 Brian Friel

2001 Edna O’Brien

2002 William Trevor

2003 John McGahern

2004 Neil Jordan

2005 Seamus Heaney

2006 Jennifer Johnston

2007 Maeve Binchy

2008 Thomas Kilroy

2009 Roddy Doyle

2010 Brendan Kennelly

2011 Colm Tobín

2012 Joseph O Connor

2013 John Banville

http://www.irishpen.com/wordpress/2011/11/29/joseph-o-connor-is-to-receive-the-2012-irish-pen-award/

Much-loved Maeve Binchy received the Irish PEN award in January 2007

Much-loved Maeve Binchy received the Irish PEN award in January 2007

Roddy Doyle, recipient of the Irish PEN award for literatire January 2009

Roddy Doyle, recipient of the Irish PEN award for literatire January 2009

Senator David Norris, Anne Hartigan and Brendan Kennelly, recipient of the Irish PEN lifetime achievement award for literature

Senator David Norris, Anne Hartigan and Brendan Kennelly, recipient of the Irish PEN lifetime achievement award for literature January 2010