Acclaimed Irish author Anne Enright, known for works including The Gathering and The Green Road, is to be the recipient of this year’s Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nicknamed the Land of Saints and Scholars, the Emerald Isle boasts a long history and tradition of storytelling.
From folktales passed down through the generations to modern authors making waves in the global publishing industry, Ireland has cemented its place as a land of literary mastery.
One such author continuing Ireland’s legacy of fantastic storytelling is the talented Anne Enright, who is due to be honoured with this year’s Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award.
Who is Anne Enright? – an acclaimed Irish author
Throughout her 30-year career thus far, she has won numerous awards for her work, including the Booker Prize and Irish Novel of the Year.
Known primarily for her contemporary fiction, her works explore themes such as family, love, identity, and motherhood. Themes that many of her readers can relate to and learn from.
Some of her most notable works include her 2007 novel The Gathering, for which she was awarded the Booker Prize, and What Are You Like?, which was shortlisted in the novel category of the 2000 Whitbread Awards.
Now, Anne Enright is set to be honoured with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award. Thus, cementing her place as one of the most talented Irish writers.
Anne Enright to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award – an incredible achievement
The Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award is an honour given out by the An Post Irish Book Awards to recognise those who have made significant contributions to Irish literature.
This year’s awards are due to take place on 23 November. During the ceremony, Anne Enright will receive the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award in front of an audience of fellow authors and members of the publishing community.
Previous recipients of the award have included Colm Toibín, Maeve Binchy, Edna O’Brien, John Banville, Seamus Heaney, and more. Enright is undoubtedly a worthy addition to this list.
A worthy winner – one of Ireland’s most talented authors
With seven novels, three short story collections, and a non-fiction book already published, Anne Enright is undoubtedly a worthy winner of the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award.
Her published works are not her only achievements in the Irish literary sphere, however. Back in 2018, she was named Ireland’s first Professor of Fiction. She is also a Professor of Creative Writing at the UCD School of English, Drama, and Film.
In a statement, the Board of the Irish Book Awards explained, “Anne Enright has occupied a central position in the cultural life of Ireland for over three decades”.
They continued, “Enright has been an integral part of Ireland’s contemporary literary renaissance, earning her a substantial international reputation in the process”.
Describing her as a “quintessentially Irish writer”, the Board explained that Enright is not only revered in her home country but in the global book community.