Claire Keegan

Award-Winning Author of ‘Small Things like These’ & ‘Foster’ (An Cailín Ciúin), Contributor to the New Yorker

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Claire Keegan was raised on a farm in co. Wicklow, Ireland and now, her stories are now translated into more than thirty languages.
‘Antarctica’ won the William Trevor Prize, the Francis MacManus Award, The Kilkenny Prize, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. ‘Walk the Blue Fields’ won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the finest collection of stories published in the British Isles. The adjudicator was Hilary Mantel. ‘Foster’ won the Davy Byrnes Award, then the world’s richest prize for a single short story, judged by Richard Ford. Foster went on last year to be chosen by The Times as one of the top fifty works of fiction to be published in the twenty- first century.

‘Small Things Like These was shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize and for the Rathbones Folio Prize, awarded for the finest work of literature, regardless of form, to be published anywhere in the English language. It also won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. Her new story, ‘So Late in the Day’, will be published by Faber later this year. She has lectured and held residencies at universities around the world, the most recent being Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, and at Cambridge University.




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