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Thomas Kinsella to receive the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, 26 Nov 2018

No Text This week, it has been announced that Thomas Kinsella, one of Ireland’s greatest poets, will be honoured with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018, in his 90th year.

Thomas will be presented with the award at the annual event in Dublin on Wednesday, November 28th in the presence of celebrated Irish authors representing the very best of Irish fiction, poetry, sport, crime, food, children’s and non-fiction writing.

Thomas Kinsella will join a host of other distinguished Irish writers and poets in the Irish Book Awards’ Hall of Fame who have received the award. Former recipients include; Eavan Boland, John Montague, JP Donleavy, Paul Durcan, John Banville, Maeve Binchy, John McGahern, Edna O’ Brien, William Trevor, Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney and Jennifer Johnston.

Commenting on the honour, Kinsella said: "I'm happy to accept this Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of a career exceptional with the poetry of a lifetime, with the Tain,and the presentation of Ireland's dual tradition - experiencing the loss of a language - in poetry."

This is the thirteenth year of the An Post Irish Book Awards, which are dedicated to honouring Irish writers across the entire publishing spectrum. This year’s shortlist features a diverse array of acclaimed authors and well known Irish personalities including literary heavyweights.

RTÉ Television will broadcast highlights of the An Post Irish Book Awards on RTÉ One on Thursday, 29th November at 10:15pm.

Congratulations, Thomas!

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