The Arts Council extends its congratulations to Emma Donoghue who has made it onto the shortlist for the Man Booker prize for her novel Room.
Following the announcement, Sarah Bannan, Head of Literature said, "In Room, Emma Donoghue has created a gripping and haunting work of fiction, one which stays with the reader long after the last page. She brings life to an authentic and original voice, and her prose is beautifully crafted. A gifted writer truly dedicated to her art, it is a great pleasure to see the book recognised by the Booker judging panel."
She continued: "Ireland has a considerable reputation for writers and writing, and the current generation of Irish writers is one of the most exciting, talented and diverse. The presence of an Irish writer on the Booker shortlist reflects the strength of contemporary Irish literature and, in order to retain this, it is absolutely imperative for us to continue to support writers to pursue their craft."