A quartet of Irish authors feature of the longlist for the prestigious Rathbones Folio Prize, known as the "writers' prize", announced earlier today. 

The longlisted Irish titles include a trio of acclaimed literary debuts: Elaine Feeney's As You Were, Doireann Ní Ghríofa's A Ghost In the Throat (winner of the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2020and Patrick Freyne's essay collection OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea, alongside Sara Baume's memoir Handiwork.

Sara Baume

The £30,000 Prize rewards the best work of literature of the year, regardless of form. It is the only award governed by an international academy of distinguished writers and critics; this year's judges include T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Roger Robinson, writer, editor and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson and novelist and short story writer Jon McGregor. 

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

The longlist also includes Scots author Douglas Stuart's 2020 Booker Prize winner Shuggie Bain, alongside noteworthy works of poetry, non-fiction and proseMexican novelist and essayist Valeria Luisella was awarded the 2020 Rathbones Folio Prize for her autobiographical novel Lost Children Archive (published by 4th Estate).

Patrick Freyne

See the Rathbones Folio Prize longlist below:

Amina Cain - Indelicacy (Daunt Books)

C Pam Zhang - How Much of These Hills Is Gold (Virago)

Caleb Femi - Poor (Penguin)

Carmen Maria Machado - In the Dream House (Serpent's Tail)

Claudia Rankine - Just Us (Allen Lane)

Doireann Ní Ghríofa - A Ghost In the Throat (Tramp Press)

Douglas Stuart - Shuggie Bain (Picador)

Elaine Feeney - As You Were (Harvill Secker)

Inua Ellams - The Actual (Penned in the Margins)

James Rebanks - English Pastoral (Allen Lane)

Katharina Volckmer - The Appointment (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Mark Gevisser - The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World of Queer Frontiers (Profile Books)

Merlin Sheldrake - Entangled Life (Bodley Head)

Monique Roffey - The Mermaid of Black Conch (Peepal Tree)

Nii Ayikwei Parkes - The Geez (Peepal Tree)

Patrick Freyne - OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea (Penguin)

Rachel Long - My Darling from the Lions (Picador)

Rebecca Tamás - Strangers (Makina Books)

Sara Baume - Handiwork (Tramp Press)

Will Harris - RENDANG (Granta)

The 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist will be announced in February, with the prize ceremony set to take place in March - find out more about the longlist here.