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Awards 2016 2017-11-06T16:13:20+00:00

WINNERS 2016

BEST NOVEL 2016

HER SECRET ROSE BY ORNA ROSS

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ABOUT ORNA ROSS

Irish indie author, Orna Ross, writes and publishes novels, poetry, and non-fiction that fosters creativism” (applying the creative process to everything in life).

Orna is a founder Director of the the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a non-profit association for self-publishers, and, each year since 2013, she has been named “one of the hundred most influential people in publishing” by The Bookseller.

Orna was born in Waterford, grew up in Wexford, and now lives in London.

ABOUT HER SECRET ROSE

WB Yeats forged a poetic career from his unrequited love for Maud Gonne, his unattainable muse. But as this novel shows, “when looked at from the womans side of the bed sheets, most tales take a turning. And this one more than most.”

Delving deep into Yeats’ and Maud Gonne’s letters and journals, and those of their family and friends, Orna Ross has uncovered a story that is altogether more weird and wonderful than the poetic myth. 

Packed with emotional twists and surprises, Her Secret Rose is a novel of secrets and intrigue, passion and politics, mystery and magic that brings to life 1890s Dublin, London and Paris and a charismatic love affair that altered the course of history for two nations.

BEST SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY 2016

DO YOU LIKE ORANGES? BY KEVIN DOYLE

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ABOUT KEVIN DOYLE

Kevin Doyle is a Cork-based writer. His stories have been published in the journals such as the Southword Journal, The Stinging Fly and Meniscus and have appeared in the UK, the USA and Australia. His work has also been included in anthologies such as The Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction 2005-15 and Pulse Fiction.

Kevin teaches creative writing and has recently completed a novel, The Ring, a dark psychological thriller set in Cork.

ABOUT DO YOU LIKE ORANGES?

In ‘Down The Tunnels’, a sidelined, former policeman relives his famous role in the “Big Case” when an innocent man was framed for his part in an audacious robbery. In ‘But Your Mother’, a protester is forced to recognise that his actions will have negative consequences for his ailing mother. In ‘Do You Like Oranges?’ a youth endures a mock execution.

In the bleak Ireland of the 1980s, political dissent is rife and the Gardaí have resorted to “heavy methods”. The characters in all these stories are living with the consequences.

BEST JUNIOR BOOK 2016

ZENJI & THE MUZZY BUG BY AISLI MADDEN

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ABOUT AISLI MADDEN

Aislí Madden is an Irish author and illustrator. She appears regularly on Irish TV and radio and has written many articles covering personal, mindfulness and domestic issues for leading Irish newspapers.

Aislí has been an advocate of mindfulness for nearly twenty years. Scientific research indicates that mindfulness has incalculable physical and mental health benefits. Aislí created the Buddabugzz brand to bring mindfulness skills to children from the earliest age. Her books contain well-being techniques that help to develop self-confidence and positive thinking and encourage sleep at bedtime.

ABOUT ZENJI & THE MUZZY BUG

Zenji the Buddabug is feeling rather unwell. He is stuck in bed and hes extremely bored; thats until his friend appears and takes him on a magical adventure inside Zenjis own body!

Enriched with mindfulness, Zenji & the Muzzy Bug helps children become relaxed and sleepy at bedtime. Each enchanting page encourages them to listen to their inner voice, believe in their inner strength, and be mindful of their hero within.

Zenji & the Muzzy Bug is the first book of the Buddabugzz series. Infused with well-being and mindfulness techniques, Buddabugzz books are purposely designed to safeguard and nurture children’s mental health. Buddabugzz strengthens a child’s understanding of mindfulness and complements its practice in the classroom and at home.

BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK 2016

DEATH’S NEW LEASE ON LIFE BY BRENDAN O’CONNELL

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ABOUT BRENDAN O’CONNELL

Brendan O’Connell is a Cork- born and based writer slowly growing into middle age. He writes stuff. Mostly for other people to draw. Or animate. Or film. Occasionally that stuff just stays as words. People have actually been known to pay him to do this. Whilst rarely ever leaving his home, he has travelled extensively in his head.

ABOUT DEATH’S NEW LEASE ON LIFE

Deaths New Lease On Life is a graphic novel. Or comic, if you prefer. Its for children. Ostensibly, at least. And its about Death. Or, to be more precise, the Grim Reaper. And the need to feel wanted. And penguins. So many, many penguins.

Illustrated by Fiona Boniwell, Deaths New Lease On Life taps into childrens fascination with the macabre, telling the story of how a forlorn Grim Reaper comes to a better appreciation of life and, subsequently, you know, himself. Its funny. And joyous, in its own peculiar way. And it has penguins. So many, many penguins.

BEST NON-FICTION BOOK 2016

HOW TO BE A PERFECT FARM WIFE BY LORNA SIXSMITH

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ABOUT LORNA SIXSMITH

Lorna Sixsmith is a farmer and a self-published author of three books: Would You Marry A Farmer?, How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife and An Ideal Farm Husband. Two of her short stories have been published in anthologies.

Lorna’s year is divided into three parts: you’ll find her in a calf shed in February to April; her writing cave in May to September and almost anywhere between October and January. 

Lorna is also a social media trainer and a copywriter. She has spoken at a number of events, including the Dublin Web Summit and National Women’s Enterprise Day. She has been interviewed on numerous radio and TV programmes and featured in many print publications.

ABOUT HOW TO BE A PERFECT FARM WIFE

How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife tackles many thorny questions within farming life. Such as, how to get a farmer away on holidays, feeding contractors with only ten minutes’ notice, and how to get on with your mother-in-law. Lorna Sixsmith knows what it is like to have the village appraise your signature dish, how to stay calm during the dreaded “testing” and how to interpret “farm speak”. More importantly she knows how to cheat to give the impression you are a PERFECT farm wife.

This book is packed with history, advice, recipes, tips and quizzes.

The best advice is always to keep a sense of humour, and Lorna’s own humour shines through in her writing.

SHORTLISTED AUTHORS 2016

BEST NOVEL SHORTLIST 2016

WHITE CHURCH, BLACK MOUNTAIN BY THOMAS PAUL BURGESS
AMERICAN DOLL BY JAMES LAWLESS
THE BOWES INHERITANCE BY PAM LECKY
THE BLUE RIDGE PROJECT BY NEIL ROCHFORD

BEST NON-FICTION BOOK SHORTLIST 2016

INTO THE LIGHT BY CORINA DUYN
I FORGOT TO TAKE MY PILL BY SHARYN HAYDEN
THE MARLEY MAN BY MICHAEL TURLOW
FROM THE INSIDE: RAISING, TEACHING & LOVING AN AUTISTIC CHILD BY FIONA VAN DOKKUM

BEST SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY SHORTLIST 2016

SWEATERS AND SMALL STUFF BY KATHRYN CROWLEY
THE LONG & SHORT OF IT BY ANNEMARIE MILES

BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK SHORTLIST 2016

SAVEN: DECEPTION BY SIOBHAN DAVIS
THE RISING SON BY BRIAN KIRK
PROMETHEUS UNPLUGGED BY ALAN MURPHY
LINK BY DREW DARKWOOD

BEST JUNIOR BOOK SHORTLIST 2016

THE SCARY SPIDER BY DOLORES KEAVENEY
THE RED LETTER DAY BY SP McARDLE
THE DREAM CATCHER BY CAROLINE TWOMEY
BETTER THAN GOLD BY FIONA BUCKLEY