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An Post to Sponsor Book Awards for Next Three Years

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Alastair Giles, Executive Director of the An Post Irish Book Awards is pictured with Debbie Byrne, Managing Director, An Post Retail, Maria Dickenson, Chairperson, An Post Irish Book Awards / MD Dubray Books and David McRedmond, Chief Executive Officer, An Post. Picture: Andres Poveda

An Post has signed a three year headline sponsorship agreement with the Irish Book Awards, heralding a new chapter in the history of one of Ireland’s most distinguished and popular literary events.

Now in its 13th year, the Irish Book Awards brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians. The Awards consist of a range of categories including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry and Teen and Young Adult. This year, a new Irish Language category is being added to the roster of awards. It will be entitled ‘The Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year’.

Hundreds of books are submitted for consideration annually and, over the past 13 years, an array of new and established domestic and international authors have graced the Irish Book Awards stage including Anne Enright, Bernard MacLaverty, John Boyne, Marian Keyes, Mike McCormack, Donal Ryan, Cecelia Ahern, Sinead Moriarty, Belinda McKeon, Graham Norton, Michael Harding, Judi Curtin, Sebastian Barry, Rory O’Connell, Darina Allen and Paul Howard.

With this new partnership, An Post will support authors, publishers, booksellers, local bookshops, authors, postal and post office staff in bringing the gift and joy of reading and sharing books to people of all ages and interests.

According to David McRedmond, CEO at An Post: “At the heart of An Post is the written word, and we are honoured to be able to sponsor the Irish Book Awards. Books connect people as An Post connects people, and we share is a love for connection and community. ‘Readers Wanted’ is the cry of the Awards this year and we will support this across our business with enthusiasm and creativity.”