The Arts Council extends its congratulations to writer Sebastian Barry who has made it onto the shortlist for the Man Booker prize for his novel The Secret Scripture. This is the second year in a row that an Irish writer has been shortlisted for the prize, and is particularly exciting given Anne Enright’s success last year.
Following the announcement Sarah Bannan, Head of Literature said, "Once again an Irish writer has received international acclaim, highlighting once more the wealth of literary talent in Ireland. Sebastian Barry is a gifted writer, and The Secret Scripture is a compelling and moving book. The novel's prose combines a lyricism and dramatic force that grips the reader from start to finish. After the recent successes of A Long, Long Way and The Pride of Parnell Street, Irish readers will not be surprised by today's announcement."
She continued: "Barry is a writer who connects with his readers and challenges us to take a fresh look at our history and our humanity. His commitment to the craft of writing has long been recognised in Ireland and abroad, and the Arts Council would like to congratulate the writer on his achievement."