The Institute of Irish Studies is delighted to announce that the Annual John McGahern Prize
has been awarded to Louise Kennedy for her collection of short stories, The End of the World is a Cul de Sac (Bloomsbury, 2021). Please join us for a special reading by Louise Kennedy on Saturday 8 October as part of the Liverpool Literary Festival
Liverpool Literary Festival, which is hosted by the University of Liverpool on the weekend of 7-9 October 2022, please see below for the registration link and further details.
Colm Tóibín, Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and one of Ireland’s most esteemed writers, judged The End of the World is a Cul de Sac as the winner, remarking that the stories in the collection are “are beautifully crafted, wry in tone, often bleak” and he commended Kennedy’s “ability to match painful and difficult truth with wit and sharp humour.” You can read more about Louise Kennedy’s award at https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/2022/09/22/louise-kennedy-wins-john-mcgahern-prize-for-debut-irish-fiction/