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.
Welcome to the new Irish PEN website. Although the old site went quiet for a while, we didn’t! Irish PEN has been beavering away with readings, talks, courses, social events and, of course, our annual dinner and awards ceremony. This year’s takes place on Friday 29th January at 7.30 p.m. at the Royal St. George Yacht Club, Dun Laoighaire, Co. Dublin. We hope to see you there!
Last year, Roddy Doyle was the well-deserving recipient of the Irish PEN Award for Literature. It was a great night. Fintan O’Toole of The Irish Times presented the award and made a wonderful speech and, of course, Roddy’s speech was well worth waiting for.
This year we’re delighted to announce that the recipient of the Irish PEN Award for Literature 2010 will be Brendan Kennelly and the coveted award will be presented by Senator David Norris. Dress code: lounge suit. Dinner: 8 p.m. Please arrive by 7.30 p.m. Bookings in advance essential.