Newbridge writer nominated for Hennessy

Eileen Keane

Eileen Keane

A Newbridge writer has been nominated for the 43rd annual Hennessy Literary Awards which will take place on April 8 in Dublin.

There can only be three winners on the day in three Hennessy Literary Awards categories; First Fiction, Emerging Fiction and Poetry.

Among those nominated is Eileen Keane of Newbridge, whose story ‘A Perfect Prayer’ has secured her a place among her peers in the emerging fiction category.

Eileen Keane is a Roscommon-born writer and artist now living in Newbridge.

“I’m absolutely thrilled, just to get on the short list is thrilling. Just to get there in itself is great. It’s a story about a woman who struggles with life after her son goes missing.

“She finds solace and obsession in counting up egg shells for each day he is missing. She can’t stop counting until he comes home.”

Eileen is also working on two novels at the moment.

“I have an idea for a new novel so it’s great. I just love writing. I get ideas from anywhere and for this story I was inspired by an exhibition of drawings from egg shells. It was beautiful. I write as many days as I possibly can - I try to write in the mornings to get it done before life takes over.”

She was honoured and thrilled to win first prize in the inaugural James Plunkett short story award in October 2013 for her story ‘The Peace of Evening ’ and in June 2013 she was selected by Kildare County Council Arts office for The Cecil Day Lewis Emerging writer award.

Her short story ‘A Perfect Prayer’ was also published in the Hennessy New Irish writing pages in the Irish Independent in March 2013, and her story ‘Boy on a window Ledge’ was published in Crannóg Literary magazine in the same month.

- Paula Campbell




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