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John Banville Honoured

BenLast night Wexford writer John Banville was honoured  with the 'Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award' at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards presented by Sinéad Cusack.

Although he was born (1945) only a couple of hundred metres from where I am living I am ashamed to admit that I have never read any of his books: The Sea, The Book of Evidence, The Infinities, The Untouchable, Ancient Light, Doctor Copernicus, Holy Orders:A Quirke Novel, Eclipse, Elegy for April, The Black-Eyed Blonde, Shroud, and many, many more. John also wrote under name Benjamin Black.

Of course, John Banville is only one of many well-known Wexford writers such as John's brother Vincent Banville, Billy Roche, Colm Toibín, Anthony Cronin, Eoin Colfer, etc. and "Speranza", mother of Oscar Wilde, came from Wexford.