At a ceremony in the Arts Council, President Michael D Higgins today announced Sebastian Barry as the Laureate for Irish Fiction 2018-2021.
Sebastian Barry is taking over the role from Anne Enright, who was appointed the first Laureate for Irish Fiction in 2015.
The Laureate is awarded by the Arts Council to an Irish writer of national and international distinction, writing in the English language. The honour is used to promote Irish literature nationally and internationally and to encourage the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction.
The inaugural Laureate was Anne Enright, who was awarded the honour by the Arts Council and began her three-year term in January 2015.