The Arts Council tonight congratulated Belfast writer Anna Burns on winning the 2018 Man Booker prize.
Arts Council Chair Sheila Pratschke said: "This is an astonishing time for Irish prose fiction, and the Arts Council is delighted at the news that Anna Burns has won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her brave and original third novel, Milkman."
"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," she added. "The Arts Council works tirelessly to create the best conditions for writers to make their best work, and it is enormously encouraging to see an Irish writer recognised by the Booker judges."
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