The Arts Council extends its warmest congratulations to writer Anna Burns who has been shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker prize.
Milkman, by Belfast based author Anna Burns, has been lauded by Eoin McNamee as ‘dazzling, funny, acute’ and by Claire Kilroy as ‘original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.’
Arts Council Chair Sheila Pratschke said: “This is a remarkably exciting time for Irish prose fiction and I am delighted to see Anna Burns on the Booker shortlist. Whether through our support for bursaries to individuals, or through our funding to independent literary presses and journals, the Arts Council’s policy and strategy for literature is firmly focused on writers and their needs. The Arts Council works tirelessly to create the best conditions for writers to make their best work, and it is gratifying to see the strength of Irish literature is recognised by the Booker judges.’
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