Books

Emilie Pine wins the Butler Literary Award

Oct 16, 2018

Emilie Pine has won the Butler Literary Award for her essay collection, Notes to Self. The award is offered to the best first publication by an Irish writer in any literary genre or a first publication in a new genre by an already published writer.

This year’s judges were Nadine O’Regan, Arts and Books Editor, Sunday Business Post, Fintan O’Toole, columnist and critic, Irish Times and Dr. Eibhear Walshe, Senior Lecturer in the School of English, and Director of Creative writing, University College Cork. The judges were chaired by Catherine Marshall, curator, and art historian and member of the board of the Irish American Cultural Institute.

Notes to Self is a collection of personal essays exploring addiction, parenthood, feminism and infertility. It was a number 1 bestseller in Ireland. In the words of Anne Enright – ‘do not read this book in public: it will make you cry.’