Irish PEN Award

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Irish PEN Award for Literature is an annual literary award presented by Irish PEN since 1999. Its intent is to honour an Irish-born writer who has made an outstanding contribution to Irish literature. The award is for a significant body of work and is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, and scriptwriters.

In 2012, the award was presented to novelist Joseph O'Connor by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.[1][2]

The award is one of many PEN awards sponsored by PEN affiliates in over 145 PEN centres around the world.



  1. ^ Higgins, Michael D. (10 February 2012). "Presentation of the Irish PEN Award for Literature". Office of the President of Ireland. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b Hegarty, Shane (10 February 2012). "O'Connor to receive Irish Pen prize from President". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  3. ^ "John Banville to receive the 2013 Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature". Irish PEN. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  4. ^ Rose Doyle (13 February 2013). "Living here: Playwright and poet Frank McGuinness in Booterstown, Co Dublin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  5. ^ "McGuinness honoured with 2014 Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature". University College Dublin. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  6. ^ Laura Slattery (16 January 2015). "Éilís Ní Dhuibhne to receive the Irish PEN Award for outstanding contribution to Irish literature". The Irish Times. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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