Prize News for Paddy Richardson

We’re thrilled that Through the Lonesome Dark by Paddy Richardson is among the 141 titles nominated for the International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.

Paddy’s book joins 14 Australian novels and another 5 from New Zealand, which feature on the longlist, alongside authors from 36 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the US & Canada and South America.

Libraries in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Timaru and Wellington nominated books for the 2019 award.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Brendan Teeling, Acting Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 141 books eligible for the 2019 award were nominated by libraries in 115 cities and 41 countries worldwide; noting that 39 are titles in translation, spanning 16 languages and 48 are first novels.

Speaking of the global interest in the Award, the City Librarian remarked ‘This great prize affirms Dublin’s commitment to international writers and translators, to literature and creativity. Through this award Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature, brings the worldwide community of readers together to read the works of contemporary writers from all corners of the world’.

A shortlist will be announced on 4 April, 2019 and the winner of the €100,000 prize named on 12 June.