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AWARDS 2017

The 2017 Awards Shortlist Announced.

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AWARD WINNERS 2016

BEST NOVEL

HER SECRET ROSE BY ORNA ROSS
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BEST SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY

DO YOU LIKE ORANGES? BY KEVIN DOYLE
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BEST JUNIOR BOOK

ZENJI & THE MUZZY BUG BY AISLI MADDEN
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BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK

DEATH’S NEW LEASE ON LIFE BY BRENDAN O’CONNELL
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BEST NON-FICTION BOOK

HOW TO BE A PERFECT FARM WIFE BY LORNA SIXSMITH
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JUDGES – 2017 AWARDS

Benji Bennett Judge CAP Awards

BENJI BENNETT, AUTHOR, JUDGE – BEST JUNIOR BOOK

BOOKS BY BENJI BENNETT

Benji Bennett wants every child in the world to be told they are loved each night before they go to sleep. 

Benji is married with three children and lives in Dublin. His first book, Before you Sleep, was inspired by the sudden loss of his beloved son, Adam. Published on Adam’s first year anniversary, it touched the hearts of the nation, instantly becoming a huge bestseller, and winning Benji a prestigious Irish Book Award in 2009.

With eight books under his belt, Benji is now a multi-award-winning author and continues to spread what he refers to as “Adam’s message of love, laughter and play in the family”.

Louise Phillips

LOUISE PHILLIPS, AUTHOR, JUDGE – BEST NOVEL

BOOKS BY LOUISE PHILLIPS

Louise Phillips is an award-winning author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers, each shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Her second novel, The Doll’s House won the award in 2013. In 2016, Louise was also longlisted for the UK’s CWA Dagger in the Library Award.

Her first two novels, Red Ribbons and The Doll’s House were published in the US in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Louise is a recipient of a number of arts bursaries and residencies.  She has also been a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award and teaches at the Irish Writers Centre. She is currently working on her latest novel, Dark Day in May.

“Everyone hears about the success of independent authors, which is terrific, almost revolutionary. But independent publishing, for all its success, is a crowded place. Whereas one can argue that the cream will always float to the top, it isn’t always that simple. The Carousel Aware Prize is an an initiative that is long overdue, which is one of the main reasons why I came on board as a judge. Also, the charity at the heart of it, AWARE, does amazing work. How could I resist?”

CLAIRE HENNESSY, AUTHOR, JUDGE – BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK

BOOKS BY CLAIRE HENNESSY

Claire Hennessy is a writer, editor, book reviewer, and creative writing teacher based in Dublin. She has written several books for teenagers, and regularly delivers author visits and writing workshops for schools, libraries and festivals. 

Claire’s most recent YA novels Like Other Girls and Nothing Tastes As Good are published by Hot Key Books.

Claire has received three Arts Council bursaries (for both short fiction and YA) and holds masters’ degrees in popular literature and creative writing from Trinity College Dublin.

Claire is a co-director and co-founder of the Big Smoke Writing Factory creative writing school in Dublin and a co-founder and co-editor of literary journal, Banshee. She is also the Puffin Ireland editor at Penguin Random House.

“It took me about two seconds to come on board as a judge for this competition. Carolann said ‘young adult novels’ and ‘proceeds to AWARE’ and she had me. My two great passions are YA fiction and mental health awareness, and I think the Carousel Aware Prize is not only going to raise funds for an important cause but will provide recognition and a kind of curation for self-published works out there. There are great books that, for various reasons, don’t quite fit in with the traditional publishing model, and having a place to highlight the very best is exciting. I can’t wait to read the submissions and see what’s out there!”

TONY CANAVAN,  EDITOR, BOOKS IRELAND MAGAZINE, JUDGE – BEST NON-FICTION BOOK

BOOKS IRELAND MAGAZINE

Tony Canavan is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast. He established the Newry Museum in 1985 and remained as its curator for five years. While there, he wrote Frontier town: an illustrated history of Newry (republished 2009). 

From 1990 to 1993 Tony was the first Development Officer with the Federation for Ulster Local Studies, and from 1993 to 1996 was Editor of Causeway, the cultural traditions journal. During this period, he also worked on local history and cross-community projects in Northern Ireland and lectured in history and local studies for certificate and degree courses at Queen’s University, Belfast, and the Armagh College of Higher Education.

Tony has lived in Dublin since 1996. He works as an editor and writer, particularly for History Ireland. Before becoming Editor of Books Ireland, he was the Assistant Publisher there for ten years.

“I am delighted and honoured to be asked to be a judge for the CAP Awards. AWARE is an organisation that is close to my heart, as mental health is an issue that affects us all in one way or another and the more people are open about this issue, then the easier it is for us as a society to face up to it. I am also a keen supporter of the independent publishing sector and think it is high time that independent authors get the recognition they deserve. So congratulations to all at Carousel for taking this initiative. I am really looking forward to reading the entries and am expecting a high standard.”

Tanya Farrelly

TANYA FARRELLY,  AUTHOR, JOINT JUDGE – BEST ANTHOLOGY

BOOKS BY TANYA FARRELLY

Tanya Farrelly is the author of two books: When Black Dogs Sing, a short story collection (Winner of the Kate O’ Brien Award 2017) and The Girl Behind the Lens, a literary thriller published by Harper Collins. Her stories have won prizes and been shortlisted in many competitions, among them the Hennessy Awards, the RTE Francis MacManus Awards, the Cuirt New Writing Prize and the William Trevor International Short Story Competition. 

Tanya’s stories have been widely published, appearing in literary journals such as the Cuirt Annual, the Incubator Journal and Crannog magazine. She has also read her work on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany.

In 2013, Tanya completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Bangor University, Wales. She works as an EFL teacher and a creative writing facilitator. She lives with her husband and fellow writer, David Butler, in Bray, County Wicklow. Together, they host the Staccato Spoken Word night.

David Butler

DAVID BUTLER,  AUTHOR, JOINT JUDGE – BEST ANTHOLOGY

BOOKS BY DAVID BUTLER

Formerly a lecturer in English and Spanish Literature, David Butler is a multi-award-winning novelist, poet, short-story writer and playwright. The most recent of his three published novels, City of Dis’ (New Ireland) was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2015. David’s second poetry collection, All the Barbaric Glass, was published in March 2017 by Doire Press. He is currently working on a poetry sequence as a Per Cent Literary Arts Commission for Blackrock Library. 

David’s literary prizes include the ITT/Red Line, Maria Edgeworth (twice) and Fish Short Story Award, the Scottish Community, Cork Arts Theatre and British Theartre Challenge awards for drama, and the Féile Filíochta, Ted McNulty, Brendan Kennelly and Baileborough awards for poetry. RTE are to His radio play, Vigil, was broadcast by RTE for their Drama on One slot on 26 March 2017.

David tutors regularly at the Irish Writers Centre. He lives in Bray with wife and fellow author, Tanya Farrelly.