Local Mary McEvoy up for book award

Well-known Westmeath actress Mary McEvoy has been nominated for an award in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2011.

How the Light gets in by Mary McEvoy is shortlisted in the RTÉ Radio 1 The John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice award category. The book, published earlier this year, is Mary’s memoir, in which she writes candidly about her battle with depression. Locals can vote for her book at www.irishbookawards.ie

The actress, most famous as Glenroe’s Biddy, hails from Delvin in north Westmeath.

The shortlists for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2011 feature Irish authors of international renown including Sebastian Barry, Neil Jordan, Derek Landy, Benjamin Black, and Alan Glynn, whose previous novel was adapted to the acclaimed Hollywood movie Limitless, alongside a host of newcomers including cystic fibrosis campaigner Orla Tinsley, comedian Des Bishop, radio presenter Joe Duffy, award-winning jockey Tony McCoy, scriptwriter/ director John Butler, and Irish rugby player Donncha O’Callaghan.

This is the sixth year of the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards,’ which are dedicated to honouring Irish writers across the entire publishing spectrum.

The public are being asked to cast their vote on the best books of the last year via the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards website www.irishbookawards.ie Every person who votes will be in with a chance of winning one of five €100 National Book Token vouchers. Votes can be cast until midnight on November 13.

This year for the first time, RTÉ will be broadcasting the highlights of the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards’ on RTÉ One on Thursday, November 24 at 10.45pm. This programme will showcase one of the biggest celebrations of Irish writing with many of our most celebrated and loved authors in attendance.

For further information visit www.irishbookawards.ie

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