Discover Conor O’Callaghan! [fr]

Created in 2016 by the 26 embassies of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) represented in Ireland, the Prix Littéraire des Ambassadeurs de la Francophonie en Irlande - Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award aims to highlight the role of literary French in transmitting the values of La Francophonie.

This prize is awarded to an Irish writer recently translated into French, in partnership with Literature Ireland, the national organisation for the international promotion of Irish literature, and the Alliance Française de Dublin. This year, 4 Irish writers were nominated. The jury will render its verdict during an official ceremony to take place in March 2019 during the Francophonie Festival in Ireland.
The prize will seek to reflect the key values of cultural and linguistic diversity, democracy and human rights, education and research, sustainable development and solidarity defended by the Francophonie.

Nominated for his novel Nothing on Earth (Rien d’autre sur terre), learn more about Conor O’Callaghan and her translator Mona de Pracontal!

Conor O’Callaghan

Credits: Irish Times

Conor O’Callaghan was born in 1968 in Newry in Northern Ireland and grew up in Dundalk, a town just south of the Irish border. He served as writer-in-residence at University College, Dublin, taught at Wake Forest University, and co-held the Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University. Currently, he teaches at Sheffield Hallam University in England, where he teaches courses in creative writing, modern poetry, and Anglo-Irish literature.

He is the author of five books of poetry, including Seatown and Earlier Poems (2000); Fiction (2005), which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award; and most recently Live Streaming (2017). He is also the editor of The Wake Forest Book of Irish Poetry, Volume III.
O’Callaghan is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award for his first collection of poetry, the Rooney Prize Special Award, the Times Educational Fellowship, and the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry in 2007. He was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 1994.
In addition to poetry, Conor O’Callaghan’s interests extend to writing on sports, especially soccer and cricket. In 1996, Irish national radio aired O’Callaghan’s radio documentary on cricket in Ireland, The Season. His prose memoir entitled Red Mist: Roy Keane and the Football Civil War deals with the public uproar surrounding Ireland’s involvement in the 2002 World Cup and made the bestseller lists in Ireland and the UK.

More info

More on his novel "Nothing on earth" on th website of the publishing house Penguin

Interview of Conor O’Callaghan

Mona de Pracontal


Mona de Pracontal is a literary translator and interpreter. She translated all the Percy Jackson books and also the sequel entitled The Heroes of Olympus. She won the Baudelaire Prize in 2009 for her translation of Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie in French.

Published on 22/02/2019

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