Author Gavin Corbett has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for his work of fiction, This is the Way.

The prize was announced as the 42nd Listowel Writers' Week opened on Wednesday night.

The €15,000 award is the largest monetary prize for fiction available solely to Irish authors.

Lucy Caldwell, Claire Kilroy, Kathleen MacMahon and Thomas O'Malley were also shortlisted.

This is the Way, Corbett's second novel, tells the story of Anthony Sonaghan, a modern-day Traveller in Dublin and how he comes to terms with "his powerful, mythic inheritance".


Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs for Kerry Group, said: "This year's shortlist included five exceptionally talented Irish writers whose work showcases the breadth of literary talent in Ireland.

"Gavin Corbett, as the recipient of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, is a worthy winner, and I would like to congratulate him on his outstanding novel, This is the Way."

Listowel Writers' Week continues until Sunday June 2, with more details available here.