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Colm Tóibin is named new Irish Fiction Laureate

Colm Tóibin is named new Irish Fiction Laureate

The Arts Council have named award winning writer Colm Tóibin as the new Laureate for Irish Fiction from 2022 – 2024.

He will take over Sebastian Barry, who succeeded inaugural laureate Anne Enright.

Colm Tóibin responded to his new appointment, stating: ‘I am honoured to be appointed Laureate. I am proud to follow Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry in establishing a public role for a writer of fiction in Ireland. I will do what I can to work with a community of readers so that fiction continues to enrich our lives, allow us to see the world more clearly, or with a deepened sense of mystery. I will also work with fellow writers and aspiring writers to enhance the role novels and stories play in Irish life.’

The Laureate for Irish Fiction was created by the Arts Council of Ireland in 2015 and seeks to acknowledge the literary contributions of fiction writers to Irish culture and arts by celebrating and acknowledging the literary talents of an Irish writer of fiction, encouraging and promoting Irish writers, and increasing public engagement with Irish fiction.

In regard to Toibin’s new position, the Chair of the Arts Council, Professor Kevin Rafter said: ‘The Arts Council is very proud to award Colm Tóibin the honour of Laureate for Irish Fiction from 2022 to 2024. Colm is one of our finest writers with a recognised international reputation. His novels and short stories are not just acclaimed by critics but they are also loved by readers. I know he will bring his tremendous intellect, and endless energy and empathy, to the role of Laureate for Irish Fiction.’