The Irish author Anna Burns has won the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award for her novel Milkman, which tells the story of a young woman growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
The award which is worth €100,000 is sponsored by Dublin City Council and is the world's largest prize for a single novel published in English.
Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland and the fourth woman to win the award in its 25-year history. Watch the virtual award ceremony below:
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Commenting on her win, Burns said; 'What an honour. I'm thrilled to bits and am about to break into my sevens with the excitement of it all!
This is an extraordinary honour especially given the fantastic list I find myself on. I thank the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, and Dublin City Council for being the patron and the host of this generous award. Also I salute them for representing Dublin's position at the cultural heart of worldwide literature.'
The 25th Winner of the #DubLitAward is....@DubCityCouncil is delighted to announce #Milkman by Irish author Anna Burns as the 2020 International #DubLitAward, published by @FaberBooks & @GraywolfPress.— International DUBLIN Literary Award (@DublinLitAward) October 22, 2020
Warmest congratulations, Anna!@dubcilib @DublinCityofLit @ILFDublin pic.twitter.com/e3KxFh5vr4
The International Dublin Literary Award receives nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe.
Milkman has won a number of other awards, including the Man Booker prize.