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Authors, Poets and Filmmakers come together for the 43rd Hennessy Literary Awards


The 43rd Hennessy Literary Awards took place last Tuesday, April 8th in the beautiful surrounds of the Banking Hall in the Westin Dublin hotel. Each year, the event serves to recognize and reward emerging talented Irish authors and poets as well as those who are already carving a path for themselves or are established literary greats.

From the 18 nominees selected, three writers stood out to Irish Independent’s ‘Hennessy New Irish Writing’ editor Ciaran Carty, Literary agent Peter Straus and poet Theo Dorgan. As pictured, these were Brendan McLoughlin, Last Breath (First Fiction), Sean Kenny, Is this Australia? (Emerging Fiction) and David Cameron, Night Singing and B&B (Emerging Poetry) with McLoughlin named the overall victor and awarded the esteemed title of Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year.

The evening also saw Irish author, Deirdre Madden named as the 12th inductee into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of some of the greatest literary talents of our time, including John Boyne, Dermot Healy and Hugo Hamilton to name but a few.

This year’s awards also included a fresh addition with the premiere of Dog Pound, a short film by Madeline D’arcy, the 2010 Hennessy New Irish Writer. Starring Frank Kelly, Dog Pound showcases the actor at his storytelling best, as he regales his barman of an encounter with a con artist.

The short has been nominated in the Galway Film Fleadh and see it below.

Business to Arts Awards


Last night, we attended the Business to Arts awards in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre with our client Hennessy. Hennessy was nominated in the Best Long Term Partnership category in recognition of their work with the New Irish Writing Page in the Irish Independent and the Hennessy Literary Awards.

While we were not successful on this occasion, the evening was a great celebration of the important role that the Arts plays in creating a healthy and robust society. In particular, it was great to see that the Business to Arts Awards received a 56% increase in entries in comparison to last year.

Sponsored by Allianz, the Dublin Airport Authority and Tilestyle, the awards marked the achievements of some truly great organizations most notably the GAZE Film Festival, Brown Bag Films, Ability West, the Blue Teapot Theatre, SCHOOLWORK and many more besides.

The night was rounded off by a spectacular performance by Duke Special, who was accompanied by the RTE concert orchestra and Accenture’s employee choir.

Judges meet at the French Residence to decide the winners for the winners for the 42nd Annual Hennessy Literary Awards

Celebrated novelists Rupert Thomson and Claire Kilroy convened yesterday at the prestigious residence of the French Ambassador to decide the winners of the 42nd Hennessy Literary Awards. Joined by New Irish Writing page editor Ciaran Carty, the three judges will select winners in three Hennessy Literary Awards categories; First Fiction, Emerging Fiction and Poetry. The overall winners will be revealed at the Hennessy Literary Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 16th April 2013 from a shortlist, which was announced earlier this month in the Irish Independent.

Rupert Thomson, (author of a selection of novels including Death of a Murderer, Book of Revelations and the recently critically acclaimed Secrecy), and Claire Kilroy, (author of The Devil I Know), join a list of renowned literary icons that have been on the Hennessy Literary Awards’ judging panel over the years including Giles Foden, Fay Weldon, Ian McEwan, John Boyne, Edna O’Brien and Melvyn Bragg.

Ciaran Carty, the consistent judge each year, is also to venture further into the literary world with his new novel-cum-memoir Intimacy with Strangers which is published by Lilliput Press this April and offers a brightly original and thought-provoking approach to celebrity interviewing and provides a distinctive portrait of an ever- changing Ireland.

Since 2003, the Hennessy Literary Awards have also celebrated the success and achievements of established Irish writers by inducting one eminent writer each year into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame, joining writers such as John Boyne, Sebastian Barry, Dermot Bolger, Frank McGuinness, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamiltion and Neil Jordan. This year’s event will see the tenth key figure from the Irish literary world inducted into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame.

For further information on Hennessy, please visit www.hennessy.com or find us on Facebook.

The Irish Sponsorship Awards

The Irish Sponsorship Awards have been launched to celebrate outstanding achievement, success and implementation in world-class sponsorship in Ireland and so Elevate is delighted to be among the lucky few to be shortlisted for the prize.

With 16 categories in total ranging from entertainment to charity, activation to innovation the awards display the full breadth and quality of the discipline of sponsorship in Ireland.

Elevate have been nominated with our client Hennessy for two awards; Best Sport Sponsorship with the Hennessy Gold Cup and Best Arts Sponsorship with the Hennessy Literary Awards.

The Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown Racecourse is widely regarded as Ireland’s premiere racing event with the very best in sport as well as style. Playing host to an array of well known faces, Hennessy treats guests in the Pavilion to the VIP treatment before revealing who is to be honored with the title of the Hennessy Best Dressed Lady. The sponsorship continues to cement Hennessy’s association with and support of winter racing in Ireland.

Now coming into its 42nd year, the Hennessy Literary Awards has long been thought of as the cornerstone of Irish literary accolades, supporting and acknowledging emerging writers while honoring established authors by inducting them into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame. Last year’s inductee was renowned Irish novelist, John Boyne, who joined an esteemed group of literary talent including Sebastian Barry, Dermot Bolger, Frank McGuinness, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton and Neil Jordan.

For more information check out www.hennessy.com or find Hennessy Cognac Ireland on Facebook.

Winners are to be announced on Wednesday, December 5th so watch this space!

Friday Round Up

Dalai Lama visits Ireland

RTÉ announced the winners of the nationwide art competition, ARTifact, this week. The winners were Hana Hudak, a DIT student from Maynooth in Kildare, Anne McGill from Tyrone, and the students of Lenamore National School in North Kerry, who were very excited to meet RyanTubridy.

Speaking of Mr Tubridy, he will present Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday mornings during the Summer.

It’s United v City in the Manchester Derby this Saturday in the FA Cup Semi-Final, KO is at 5:15pm

The itinerary for the Royal Wedding revealed

Congratulations to the winners of the 40th Annual Hennessy Literary Awards; Siobhan Mannion for ‘Lightning Bugs’ (First Fiction), Afric McGlinchey for ‘Do Not Lie To A Lover’ / ‘Under The Heart, A Horseshoe Shape’ (Emerging Poetry) and Eileen Casey for ‘Macaw’ (Emerging Fiction). Siobhan Mannion was named the overall Hennessy New Irish Writer, 2010 and renowned Irish novelist, playwright and poet Sebastian Barry was inducted into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame, receiving his award from President McAleese.