Ruth Fay

All the staff and customers of Noel Fay Fitted Furniture and The Carpentry Store would like to congratulate Ruth on being nominated for this year’s Hennessy Literary Award.  Her story, ‘It’s a kind of magic’, was published in the Sunday Tribune in March 2010 and is now shortlisted  for the First Fiction award. Ruth is also a DCU Oscail student of Humanities and is studying for a degree in English literature in her spare time!

The Hennessy Literary Award is broken up into three categories – First Fiction, Emerging Fiction and Emerging Poetry and then one of the category winners will be named, as New Writer of the Year. All this will take place at a ceremony on 12 April when the winners will be announced.  The judges are Paul Durcan and Derek Johns under the chairmanship of Ciaran Carty.  Each winner receives a Hennessy trophy and €1,500. The New Irish Writer of the Year receives an additional €2,500 and trophy.

All the short-listed writers will attend a gala dinner in the Great Hall of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on April 12, where the special guest will be the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. A Hall of Fame achievement award will be made to a leading Irish writer whose first work was published in New Irish Writing, the ninth such award.

Previous winners were Dermot Bolger, Joseph O’Connor, Patrick McCabe, Colum McCann, Frank McGuinness, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton and Neil Jordan.

Her story “its a kind of magic” can be read by following the link below. Once again good luck on Tuesday Ruth.

http://www.tribune.ie/article/2010/mar/07/new-irish-writing-its-a-kind-of-magic/