The Laureate for Irish Fiction
In December 2013 the Arts Council announced the establishment of a new award which will honour an outstanding Irish fiction writer, and encourage the next generation of Irish fiction writers.
The Laureate for Irish Fiction will be awarded by the Arts Council to an Irish writer of national and international distinction. The honour will be used to promote Irish literature nationally and internationally and to encourage the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction.
The Laureate for Irish Fiction has been developed by the Arts Council and is supported by University College Dublin (UCD) and New York University (NYU). The Irish Times is media partner for the Laureate.
The Laureate will have a three-year term. Over the period, he or she will teach creative writing to students at University College Dublin and New York University, will spend time developing his or her own work, and will participate in a number of major, public events and promotions.
The Laureate will be announced in January 2015. From this date until 2018 the Laureate will engage with the public on a number of large and small scale events which will take place across the country.
For further information, please visit www.artscouncil.ie/laureate