Kilkenny writers up for literary awards

TWO Kilkenny writers have been short-listed in the 40th annual Hennessy Literary Awards.

TWO Kilkenny writers have been short-listed in the 40th annual Hennessy Literary Awards.

Barry McKinley of Radestown is nominated in the category of Emerging Fiction for ‘The Unexpected Hotel’, and Darren Donohue of Goresbridge is nominated for Emerging Poetry for ‘Rite Of Passage’.

The awards ceremony took place yesterday (Tuesday) in the Great Hall of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. The awards celebrate Ireland’s new writers and poets, whose work is acknowledged as some of the best within the sphere of new Irish literature. This year’s judges are Ciaran Carty, poet Paul Durcan and Derek Johns, managing director of the prestigious London literary agency AP Watt.