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Anne Enright named first Laureate for Irish Fiction

Anne Enright, author of the Booker prizewinning novel The Gathering and the highly acclaimed What are you like?, has been crowned as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction in 2015.

This is the first appointment of its kind for the Arts Council of Ireland. Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced at the ceremony: “The Laureate for Irish Fiction is awarded on the basis of literary accomplishment and excellence, and is the highest honour that the Irish State can bestow on a writer in this genre. Anne Enright’s eloquent and powerful writing, fiercely individual voice and unyielding commitment to her craft combined to make her the pre-eminent choice.”