Tralee Woman’s Book Shortlisted For Award In UK

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Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh.

A TRALEE woman’s book has been shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.

‘The Coast Road’ by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, who is originally from Derrylea in Oakpark, is shortlisted with five other entries for this new prize from the University of Warwick in Coventry, which aims to address the gender imbalance in translated literature and to increase the number of international women’s voices accessible by a British and Irish readership.

The competition received a total of 58 eligible entries of which 16 titles made the initial longlist. It was then whittled down to six.

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Speaking about Ailbhe’s work, Dr Chantal Wright, the coordinator of the prize from the University of Warwick’s Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, said: “The presence on the shortlist of The Coast Road, translated from Irish, which our judges described as a “curiosity”, is also great news: Irish publishers and their translations are often omitted from UK-based translation awards and we wanted to make sure they were included in this Warwick initiative.”

The winner of the inaugural prize will be announced in the Warwick Arts Centre on Wednesday, November 15.

Ailbhe’s book was translated from Irish by Michael Coady, Peter Fallon, Tom French, Alan Gillis, Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, Michelle O’Sullivan, Justin Quinn, Billy Ramsell, Peter Sirr and David Wheatley.

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