Cork's Cónal Creedon honoured by US literary award

Cork's Cónal Creedon honoured by US literary award
Cónal Creedon.

CORK novelist, playwright and documentary filmmaker Cónal Creedon has been honoured with esteemed US literary award, the Eric Hoffer Book Award.

Mr Creedon won the award under the Commercial Literary Fiction category for his most recent novel, Begotten Not Made.

The Eric Hoffer Book Award was established to honour freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit – honouring the memory of the American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing.

The Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for academic, and independent presses – winning titles selected from over 2,200 books, with 25 all-inclusive categories and the adjudication of over 150 judges.

Begotten Not Made was published in 2018 by Irishtown Press and is described as "a fairytale for the 21st century – where the mystery of blind faith is explored and the magic of belief is restored".

Last year it picked up the Bronze Award at the Next Generation Book Awards USA.

Begotten Not Made is currently nominated for the Dublin International Book Award along with nine other Irish authors; Anna Burns, Sally Rooney, David Park, Liz Nugent, John Boyne, John Connolly, Caoilinn Hughes and British/Irish writer Kit de Waal.

It is also currently nominated for 'Most Thought Provoking Book' for The Montaigne Award USA.

The news of Mr Creedon's most recent literary award comes as earlier this month it was announced that he is to be honoured by a Cultural Award from the Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor John Sheehan, who described him as "the writer of all things Cork". 

"It’s an honour to have a chance to recognise him, particularly in his home city for the work that he has done,” the Lord Mayor stated. 

With his work translated into German, Bulgarian, Italian and Chinese - Mr Creedon is a regular on the International reading circuit. 

In January 2020, he was invited to read and present a lecture at the James Joyce Foundation in Zurich and in November 2019 he spoke at NYU New York.

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