On Tuesday of this week the Hennessy Literary Awards were announced. The overall winner for the New Irish Writer Award was Jessica Traynor. The ceremony was held in the French Ambassador's residence in Dublin.
Jessica works in the literary department of the Abbey Theatre. Her honour was given for two poems, 'Aubade' and 'Ebay auction for antique jewellery'.
The winner of the Emerging Fiction category was John O'Donnell for his short story 'Shelley' and the First Fiction Award went to Ruth Quinlan for her short story 'The Healing'.
Dermot Healy, novelist and poet, was inducted into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame.