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An Post Irish Book Awards
An Post Irish Book Awards

In 2018 An Post signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with the Irish Book Awards, heralding a new chapter in the history of one of Ireland’s most distinguished and popular literary events.

Now in its 14th year, the Irish Book Awards bring together the entire literary community from readers to authors and booksellers to publishers and librarians.

Hundreds of books are submitted for consideration annually and an array of new and established authors have graced the Irish Book Awards stage over the years including Sebastian Barry, Marian Keyes and Graham Norton.

#ReadersWanted is An Post's multi-channel campaign to excite and encourage new and existing readers to discover, read, share, and gift more great new books and promote the Irish Book Awards which are given across a range of categories including:
  • Novel of the year
  • Children's book
  • Cookery
  • Crime fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Popular fiction
  • Sports
  • Short story
  • Teen and young adult

In 2018, a new Irish language category, The Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year, was added to the roster of awards which were announced at a televised ceremony in Dublin on November 27. The award was won by Diarmuid Johnson for his book, Tuatha De Danann.
See the full list of 2018 winners, which includes:
  • Sally Rooney for her novel Normal People
  • Cora Staunton who won the sports category for Game Changer
  • James Kavanagh and William Murray who took the cookbook award for Currabinny Cookbook.

In addition to category winners, other special awards are announced at the annual event. These include the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises the contribution of distinguished Irish writers and poets.
Last year it was presented to the renowned Irish poet Thomas Kinsella who joins past winners including Eavan Boland, Seamus Heaney and Edna O’Brien.

In January 2019, Notes to Self by Emilie Pine, was voted as the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018’.
It was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards.
Published by Tramp Press, ‘Notes to Self’ is written as a series of essays, with Pine writing about a variety of aspects of her life including fertility, feminism, sexual violence and depression. She also addresses her personal experience of a family members addiction.

Emilie Pine, Winner of the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year’ says: “I'm delighted and honoured to win Irish Book of the Year. I have been so moved by the generosity and support of readers over the past six months. This award is the kind of validation a writer dreams of - of my story, and also of the vision of my incredible publishers, Tramp Press”.

Irish Book Awards 2018 Full Show from Another Avenue.

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