GALWAY BASED writer Mike McCormack, author of the award winning, and critically acclaimed novel, Solar Bones, has been inducted into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame.
Mr McCormack is originally from Louisburgh, Mayo, and now lectures in NUI Galway at the university's English department. Solar Bones won the Goldsmiths Prize, Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2016, and the International Dublin Literary Award.
Dr John Kenny, director of the MA in writing at NUIG said Mr McCormack's induction was "a major further endorsement of his status as one of our most distinguished writers. Our students benefit enormously from his eminence as an artist, his insights into the world of professional writing, and his fostering skills as a teacher and mentor."
Professor Sean Ryder, chair of English at NUIG said the Hall of Fame award was "a timely recognition of the impact of Mike's astonishing and innovative fiction. His work has continually tested new possibilities for the ways stories can be told, and has given voice to unforgettable characters and compelling visions".
In a further win for the university at the Hennessy Literary Awards, NUIG master's in writing graduate Eamon Doggett was presented with the First Fiction Award for his story 'Flipping Burgers'.