Nominations have now closed for the Irish PEN Award. Thanks to all of you who took the time to nominate authors for the prestigious award to an author chosen by their peers, previous recipients of which include John B. Keane, Brian Friel, Edna O’Brien, William Trevor, John McGahern, Neil Jordan, Seamus Heaney, Jennifer Johnston, Maeve Binchy, Thomas Kilroy, Roddy Doyle and Brendan Kennelly. We are particularly gratified by the number of former recipients of the award who proposed nominations this year. The person chosen will be announced before Christmas and the award presented at the Irish PEN annual dinner early in 2011.
We are all saddened by the sudden death of John McGahern on March 30th.
Author of The Barracks, The Dark, The Leavetaking, The Pornographer, Amongst Women and That They May Face the Rising Sun, his most recent book, Memoir, was published last year to great acclaim. In 2003, McGahern was awarded the Irish PEN / A T Cross award for Literature.
Our sympathies go to his wife, Madeline, and to his family.