Castletroy-based Irish author Donal Ryan, has been awarded an EU Prize for Literature (EUPL) for his novel The Spinning Heart.
Mr. Ryan, from Nenagh in County Tipperary, is among 11 other writers from across Europe to be awarded at the London Book Fair today.
The prize recognises the best new and emerging authors in Europe and is open to countries participating in Creative Europe, the EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors.
Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport said: “My warmest congratulations to the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature! This unique prize is the only book award dedicated to the best emerging authors from all over Europe, regardless of their country of origin or language.”
Every year, participating authors are nominated by selected national juries. Each winner receives €5000, benefits from extra promotion and international visibility, and is encouraged to apply for EU literary translation grants. Since the start of the prize in 2009, the EU Culture Programme (2007-2013) and the Creative Europe Programme (2014-2020) have granted support to 203 translations of 56 EUPL winning books into 20 different languages. The next such call for proposals will open in November 2015.
This year’s awards will be presented to the winners at a gala ceremony at the Concert Noble in Brussels on 23 June, in the presence of the Commissioner Navracsics and members of the European Parliament.