The Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award was awarded to Claire Keegan for the French translation of her novel, Ce Genre de Petites Choses. The original English work, Small Things Like These, will be published by Faber & Faber in October. Publisher Alex Bowler says: “An exquisite wintery parable, Claire Keegan’s long-awaited return tells the story of a simple act of courage and tenderness, in the face of conformity, fear and judgement. To read it is to be deeply touched by hope and by the sheer storytelling brilliance of one of Ireland’s great writers.”
The novel has already generated considerable international rights interest, with translation rights being sold in Germany, Lithuania, Denmark, Holland and Norway, and deals being secured for rights in the UK and North America.