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.

 

imgresShort 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

BEST NOVEL

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