Major literary prize for Cork writer

Major literary prize for Cork writer
UCC writer in residence 2018/2019 Danielle McLaughlin

Cork author, former solicitor and UCC writer in residence Danielle McLaughlin has won one of the most lucrative literary awards in the world, the Windham-Campbell Prize, worth $165,000 (€146,000).

Danielle took up writing professionally 10 years ago, at the age of 40, when illness forced her to stop practising law.

The UCC writer in residence received the award at a ceremony in London’s Stationers Hall during London Book Week along with seven other winners including US author Rebecca Solnit.

The judges’ citation read: “Danielle McLaughlin’s short stories capture the beauty and brutality of human relationships, imbuing them with near-magical qualities rooted in the details of everyday life in a manner both wry and resonant.” 

The Windham-Campbell Prize, which is carried out by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, was established in 2013 by the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M Campbell.

The prize, which has no submission or public nomination process, is judged anonymously and writers are unaware they are in being considered until they win.

The awards recognise exceptional writers of fiction, nonfiction and drama who write in English. Danielle McLaughlin’s stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Southword, and The New Yorker, and in various anthologies.

Her debut collection of short stories Dinosaurs on Other Planets was published in Ireland by The Stinging Fly Press in 2015.

In 2017, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College, Dublin, where she led workshops for students on the M. Phil in Creative Writing.

Together with writer and MA alumna Madeleine D’Arcy, she co-runs Fiction at the Friary, a free monthly fiction event in Cork which takes place at the Friary Bar, North Mall, on the last Sunday of every month.

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