JOHN MC GAHERN AWARD
Prof. Luke Gibbons, Leas-Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, Cllr. Sean McGowan, Festival Director Vincent Woods and actor Adrian Dunbar pictured with Zoe Comyns who was awarded the 2019 John McGahern Award for Literature.
As part of the Iron Mountain Literature Festival, Leitrim County Council and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre with the support of the McGahern Estate developed the John McGahern Award to encourage the development of emerging Irish writers and to pay tribute to the exceptional contribution of John McGahern to literature, and to Leitrim.
John McGahern is one of Ireland’s most respected and celebrated authors. His fiction is critically acclaimed internationally, has been translated into many languages and has appeared in many anthologies. He was a member of Aosdána and won numerous awards, including the Irish-American Foundation Award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and the Prix Etranger Ecureuil. He taught at universities in Ireland, England, the USA and Canada. Amongst Women, which won both the GPA and Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a BBC television series.
The recipient of the award receives a two-week fully resourced residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and a stipend of €1,000.