Books  |  May 13, 2008

Keegan wins Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2008

Irish writer Claire Keegan has won the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize 2008 with her second short story collection Walk the Blue Fields.

The judges - BBC radio producer Duncan Minshull, Professor Rhiannon Evans from Edge Hill University and the short story writer and novelist Hilary Mantel - said, "Keegan wrote superbly crafted stories...she is a young writer who has already staked her claim to genius. Her mastery of language and her full-blooded and flowing distinctive, personal and modern. Her stories stand at the strong point where myth and reality intersect. Even in this competitive year, they were in a class of their own."