2021 SHortlist Vote Open
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Watch the 2021 virtual ceremony, hosted by Evelyn O'Rourke
Exclusively Irish, inclusive in every other sense, the An Post Irish Book Awards brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – like no other awards. These are your awards – join us in celebrating Irish writing.
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The An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year 2021
On December 8th the book of the year will be crowned on RTÉ One at 10.35pm
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Six titles competing for the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year Award’ 2021
Record number of votes from Irish public sees Maureen Gaffney, Séamas O’Reilly, Sally Rooney, Louise Nealon, and Fintan O’Toole among the winners
The winner of the 2021 'An Post Irish Book Awards' Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award has been revealed.
The five regional winners for the ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ 2021 award have been revealed.
An Post Irish Book of the Year TV show on RTÉ One & RTÉ Player
THE JUDGING PROCESS
The An Post Irish Book Awards are different in character from conventional literary awards where winners attract the subjective approval of a jury normally comprising 3-5 judges. To decide fifteen awards in this way would be impractical and inimical to our aim to canvass the widest possible sector of the reading public.
An Post Irish Book Awards Book of The Year 2020
A Ghost in the Throat
by Doireann Ní Ghríofa
A strikingly original combination of essay and autofiction, has been announced as the An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year 2020.
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Festival Manager, Listowel Writers’ Week
“It was a wonderful night for Irish Authors and Irish Books and shows the literary talent that is in Ireland right now!”
Hugh Linehan, Arts and Culture Editor at The Irish Times
From 2021 Private Investment in Arts, Festival and Music report from Business to Arts
“This is a perfect example of a business and arts organisation working in concert together; taking a concept, reworking and improving it over a two-to five-year period. Ongoing support is so key to building profile for an arts organization. There is no denying the enormous impact the An Post Irish Book Awards have had. They have attracted considerable media attention and made a lot more people aware of the publishing industry, writers and creative writing in all forms. The virtual awards ceremony and online elements of the partnership were very strong in 2020, showing a real understanding of reach and engagement when switching to digital channels.”
“I have attended the Book Awards many times as a writer, bookseller and editor over the years and I’ve always been impressed by the professional yet personal way the ceremony is run. It’s the most important night in the Irish book calendar, one I always look forward to.”
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