The Anne Enright novel ‘The Green Road’ has scooped the Kerry Group ‘Novel of the Year Award’ at Listowel Writers’ Week.
The festival was officially opened by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.
Ms Enright, who is currently Ireland’s Fiction Laureate, flew in from New York to collect her cheque for €15,000 from Frank Hayes of Kerry Group.
Also at last night’s ceremony, the winner of the Pigott Poetry Prize was announced as Eamonn Grennan, for his collection ‘There Now’.
The John B. Keane Lifetime Achievement Award, in association with Mercier Press, was presented to author/historian Anthony Gaughan.
The festival, which is celebrating its 45th year, runs from now until June 5th.