The Laureate for Irish Fiction is an initiative of the Arts Council. The role, which was established in partnership with UCD, NYU and the Irish Times, seeks to acknowledge the contribution of fiction writers to Irish artistic and cultural life by:
- honouring an established Irish writer of fiction;
- encouraging a new generation of writers;
- promoting Irish literature nationally and internationally;
- encouraging the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction.
Following a call for nominations and a rigorous selection process, Anne Enright was announced as the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction in January 2015.