If a week is a long time in politics, a year in publishing seems like no time at all and the 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards are almost upon us. The closing date for submissions has just passed and we thank all publishers for a bumper entry featuring a glittering array of titles. Choosing the shortlists from this embarrassment of riches will be tough but exciting, and these will be announced publicly at the Shortlist Announcement event on October 30th. As last year’s Book of the Year Winner, Michael Harding, told us “The wonderful thing about Ireland is that despite the Famine, the weather, the clergy and the banks, we still possess the brazen optimism to engage with each other.” And where better to engage with each other than through the medium of books and reading.
The Awards dinner will once again be held in The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin on Wednesday, November 26th.
Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations
We invite you to submit suggestions for this year’s Lifetime Achievement nominee but do remember that lifetime means lifetime and that the successful nominee will be following in the footsteps of major Irish literary figures such as John McGahern, Edna O’Brien and Seamus Heaney.
Add your suggestion here.
For the third year running, RTÉ Television broadcast the highlights of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 on RTÉ One, showcasing one of the biggest celebrations of Irish writing with many of Ireland’s most celebrated and loved authors in attendance.
To view the television broadcast, click here.
For the full list of 2013 winners, click here.