Author Deirdre Madden, an important voice in writing in Northern Ireland, has been short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel, Molly Fox’s Birthday. Her interest in how others perceive their status in the world often leads her to scrutinize establishments that affect people's lives.
Madden, wedded to poet Harry Clifton, is the only author on the list who has been short-listed in the past for the award. Her novel, One by One in the Darkness , lost out to Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces in 1997.
Madden has previously won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Hennessy Award for Short Fiction.
Deirdre Madden is also the creator of two books for children, Snakes’ Elbows and Thanks for Telling Me, Emily, a member of Aosdána, and lectures creative writing at Trinity College Dublin.
The Orange Prize for Fiction, established in 1996, is an annual award for fiction written solely by women, and open to all women authors who are writing in English.
This year’s winner, chosen by a panel of judges, will be announced on June 3rd at a ceremony in London, where she will be presented with a cheque for £30,000 (€34,000) and a bronze statue known as a Bessie.
I can only say, good luck, Deirdre Madden, may this be your year.
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