Sebastian Barry named Irish fiction laureate, hailing ‘golden age of Irish prose’

Award-winning novelist succeeds Anne Enright in three-year role promoting Irish literature and its formidable generations of writers

The award-winning author Sebastian Barry has vowed to celebrate what he described as a “golden age of Irish prose writing” after being named the new laureate for Irish fiction.

Announced this morning by Irish president Michael D Higgins as the successor to current incumbent Anne Enright, Barry hailed the “fabulous generations” of authors writing in Ireland today, from the 26-year-old novelist Sally Rooney to the Booker winner Roddy Doyle, 59.

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