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Belinda McKeon (born 1979) is an Irish writer. She is the author of two novels, Solace, which won the 2011 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and Tender (2015).

Life and workEdit

McKeon was born in Longford and attended Trinity College, Dublin and University College Dublin. From 2000 to 2010 she worked for The Irish Times, writing on theatre, literature and the arts. In 2005 she moved to New York City, where she completed an MFA at Columbia University. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is Assistant Teaching Professor in Creative Writing at Rutgers University[1]

McKeon's first novel, Solace, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize[2] and the Sunday Independent Best Newcomer Award and was named Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year in 2011,[3] as well as being shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.[4] The Economist called Solace "a warm and wise debut",[5] while The Irish Times described it as "at once a moving and gracefully etched story of human loss and interconnection set in contemporary Ireland and a deeply affecting meditation on being in the world".[6]

Her second novel Tender was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. Reviewing it for the Irish Times, author John Boyne called Tender "the best Irish novel I've read since The Spinning Heart, a work rich with wisdom, truth and beauty.",[7] while the Guardian called it "richly nuanced and utterly absorbing."[8] Tender was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the 2015 Irish Book Awards.[9]

In 2015, McKeon edited A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance, a collection of new short stories on the theme of distance by 17 international contemporary writers[10] The collection is published by Tramp Press.

McKeon is also a playwright and her produced plays include Word of Mouth (an RTE radio drama, 2005), Drapes (Dublin, 2006), and Graham and Frost (Irish Theatre Festival, New York, 2010).

From 2008 to 2011, she curated the DLR Poetry Now Festival in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland and, with her husband Aengus Woods, she has curated the annual Poetry Fest at the Irish Arts Center, New York, since 2009.

List of worksEdit

NovelsEdit

Solace (Picador, 2011); (Scribner, 2011)

Tender (Picador, 2015); (Lee Boudreaux, 2016)

PlaysEdit

Word of Mouth (RTE radio drama, 2005)

Drapes (part of Fishamble Theatre Company's Whereabouts, Dublin, 2006)

Two Houses (one of two plays in Love 2.0, a Dublin Fringe Festival production in association with the Abbey Theatre, 2008)

Graham and Frost (1st Irish Theater Festival, New York, 2010)

Dropping Slow (RTE radio drama, 2012)

EditorEdit

A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance (Tramp Press, 2015)

AwardsEdit

2005 RTE PJ O'Connor Radio Drama Award for Word of Mouth[11]

2006 Irish Theatre Award for Drapes as part of Fishamble Theatre Company's Whereabouts[12]

2008 Dublin Fringe Festival Audience Choice Award for Two Houses as part of Love 2.0, along with Philip McMahon's Investment Potential[13]

2011 Sunday Independent Best Newcomer Award at the Irish Book Awards for Solace[14]

2011 Irish Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards for Solace[15]

2011 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Solace[16]

2012 Shortlist for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Solace[17]

2012 Shortlist for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year for Solace[18]

2015 Shortlist for the Eason Bookclub Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards for Tender[19]

2015 Shortlist for Encore Award for best second novel for Tender.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Belinda Mckeon". Rutgers University. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ Farrington, Joshua. "McKeon Wins Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  3. ^ "SOLACE Wins Bord Gáis Energy Irish Bookof the Year". Irish Book Awards. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  4. ^ "2012 Awards". University of Edinburgh. Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Family fallout". The Economist. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  6. ^ Fogarty, Anne. "An age-old struggle". The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  7. ^ Boyne, John. "A fresh twist on doomed love in 1990's Dublin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  8. ^ O'Flynn, Catherine. "Tender by Belinda Mckeon review". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Tender by Belinda McKeon". Irish Book Awards. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  10. ^ "A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance". Tramp Press. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Winners announced in the RTÉ P.J. O'Connor Radio Drama Awards 2005". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Awards – Fishamble: The New Play Company". Fishamble. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Winners on the Fringe". The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Solace Wins Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year". Irish Book Awards. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Solace Wins Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year". Irish Book Awards. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  16. ^ Farrington, Joshua. "McKeon wins Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  17. ^ "2012 Awards". University of Edinburgh. Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Shortlist Announced for Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year". Writers Week Literary Festival. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Tender". Irish Book Awards. Retrieved 23 January 2016.

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