The Dalkey Book Festival has announced the winners of the inaugural  Dalkey Literary Awards, with authors Christine Dwyer Hickey and Sinead Gleeson scooping prizes for their acclaimed books. 

Award-winning essayist, editor and renowned arts critic Gleeson has won the €10,000 Dalkey Literary Award for Emerging Writer with Constellations, a collection of essays that delve into art, illness, ghosts, grief, and our very ways of seeing and which the judges felt was "easily one of the standout books in any field over the last 12 months."

Watch above, as Sinead is informed of her win by Dalkey Literary Awards judge Rick O'Shea.

Novelist and short story writer Christine Dwyer Hickey has won the €20,000 Dalkey Literary Award for Novel of the Year with The Narrow Land, a novel depicting the legacy of World War II and the ever-changing concept of the American Dream, described by the judges as 'luscious', 'enthralling', and ‘emotionally engaging’. 

Watch below, as Christine is informed of her win by Dalkey Literary Awards judge Jennifer O'Connell. 

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This marks the first year of the Dalkey Literary Awards, launched in collaboration with Zurich Insurance, and aimed exclusively at Irish writers, with a total prize fund of €30,000. Find out more here.