The Carousel Aware Prize for the best independently published books in Ireland will be announced tonight, at a gala event in Dublin.
I'm honored that Her Secret Rose is shortlisted in the Best Novel category and sad that, for personal reasons, I can't travel to Ireland to be there. It's going to be a great evening.
It very fitting, because Ireland's most famous poet, WB Yeats, one of the protagonists of the novel, was a self-publisher, through the printing press his sisters ran, Cuala Press.
From long before Yeats's time up to the contemporary Booker prizewinner Roddy Doyle, self-publishing has been important to Irish writers.
With new technology, this pathway to publication has never been easier. Irish writers are using it well, as the shortlist makes clear.
Short Lists for The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors
(The CAP Awards 2016)
BEST JUNIOR BOOK
To be judged by Carolann Copland and the children of St. Colmcille’s Junior National School, Knocklyon, Dublin
Fiona Buckley Better Than Gold
Dolores Keaveney The Scary Spider
Aisli Madden Zenji and the Muzzy Bug
SP McArdle The Red Letter Day
Caroline Twomey The Dream Catcher
BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK
To be judged by Claire Hennessy
Siobhán Davis Saven Deception
Drew Darkwood Link
Brian Kirk The Rising Son
Alan Murphy Prometheus Unplugged!
Brendan O’ Connell Death’s New Lease on Life
BEST SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY
To be judged by Louise Phillips
Kathryn Crowley Sweaters and Small Stuff
Kevin Doyle Do You Like Oranges?
Annmarie Miles The Long & The Short of it
BEST NON FICTION
To be judged by Tony Canavan
Corina Duyn Into The Light
Sharyn Hayden I Forgot to Take My Pill
Lorna Sixsmith How to be a Perfect Farm Wife
Michael Turlow The Marley Man
Fiona Van Dokku From the Inside – Raising,Teaching
and Loving an Autistic Child
To be judged by Jax Miller
Thomas Paul Burgess White Church, Black Mountain
James Lawless American Doll
Pam Lecky The Bowes Inheritance
Neil Rochford The Blue Ridge Project
Orna Ross Her Secret Rose