The Arts Council extends its heartfelt congratulations to Irish author Paul Lynch, winner of the Booker Prize for the year 2023. Lynch’s submission, Prophet Song, stood out among an impressive array of literary achievements, showcasing exceptional talent and contributing significantly to the world of literature. He becomes the sixth Irish author to earn this prestigious accolade.
Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council expressed enthusiasm for this year's winner, saying: "Paul Lynch is one of the most exciting literary novelists working in the English language today. The Arts Council has been proud to directly support his writing through multiple bursaries and through the Arts Council / Maynooth University Writer in Residence position this year.
Paul Lynch is a gifted, original writer, with an incredible commitment to his artistic practice. In Prophet Song he has created a novel that is timely and timeless, and it is immensely gratifying to see his unparalleled work reach such a wide audience. Paul is part of a diverse and talented community of writers and writing in Ireland, and the Arts Council is committed to continuing to nurture and sustain that community.”
The Booker Prize is one of the most esteemed literary awards globally, recognising outstanding contributions to fiction and celebrating the power of storytelling. Paul Lynch now joins the ranks of esteemed authors who have been honored with this prestigious accolade, including previous Irish winners Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle, John Banville, Anne Enright and Anna Burns.
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