The Arts Council is deeply saddened by the passing of Aosdána member Christopher Nolan.
Born in 1965, he began writing at a young age despite suffering from cerebral palsy, and published a collection of poems, Dam-burst of Dreams, in 1981. His autobiography, Under the Eye of the Clock, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1987, and he published a novel, The Banyan Tree, in 1999.
Speaking today, Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council said: "Christopher Nolan was a remarkably talented writer, and made history on numerous occasions throughout his life and career. Under the Eye of the Clock, the writer’s biography and the winner of the Whitbread in 1987, displayed a brilliant command of language and voice, and secured Nolan’s place as a major literary writer when he was only 21. Nolan has made an invaluable contribution to literary and cultural life and the Arts Council extends its condolences to his friends and family."